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Brian Banks to sign with UFL's Locomotives

Brian Banks was unable to land a job in the NFL following his release from prison, but he's managed to secure a gig playing professional football nonetheless. reported Tuesday that Banks has signed with the United Football League's Las Vegas Locomotives, whose season kicks off on Sept. 19.

Banks, 26, was a former blue-chip high school prospect in Los Angeles who spent five years in prison after accepting a plea deal on one count of forcible rape in 2003. Following his release from prison, Banks had to register as a sex offender and wear an electronic tracking bracelet. Banks' conviction was overturned last month after his accuser admitted she lied.

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll recruited Banks during his time at USC, and he was vocal in his support of the middle linebacker following news of his exoneration. Banks received invitations to work out with six NFL teams, including the Seahawks, but he didn't receive a training camp invite.

Former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel is the coach and general manager of the Locomotives.

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