Banks makes his NFL debut with Falcons

Linebacker plays in fourth quarter vs. Bengals. Terry McCormick

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Brian Banks may be a long shot to stick in the NFL.

But the man, who lost five years of his life and the chance to play college football to prison, thanks  to a false accuser, is cherishing his opportunity with the Atlanta Falcons. Banks got his first taste of playing in an NFL game, getting some playing time late against the Cincinnait Bengals on Thursday night.

"It was out of control,” Banks told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Just running out there -- the flames, the cheers, the crowd. I wasn’t nervous at all but just the emotion of running through the tunnel, the adrenalin that comes with it, is better than any rollercoaster ride you could get on.”

Hopefully for Banks, the ride will last as long as possible as he picks up the pieces of his life and works to realize a life-long dream.

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