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Brian Banks on upcoming football tryouts: 'I'll make 'em happy'

Brian BanksFormer Long Beach high school football star Brian Banks, who drew interest from NFL teams after his rape conviction was dismissed, is reportedly getting other job offers if football doesn't pan out.

In a column posted Wednesday, ESPN's Rick Reilly reported Banks has been presented with sports-related opportunities, including one to work in the front office of the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team.

But for the moment, Banks is focused on football. He is scheduled to try out with the Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs, Banks' legal team told The Times on Wednesday.

ESPN reports the Seahawks, led by former USC football coach Pete Carroll, have offered Banks a tryout June 7. The U-T San Diego reported Wednesday that Banks also has been in contact with the San Diego Chargers.

"I'll make 'em happy," Banks told Reilly, who wrote that Banks has ben training since October. “After all I've been through these last 10 years, I can still do some things that will impress you."

Banks, now 26, was considered a top college football prospect the summer before he was accused of the sexual assault. A 6-foot-4, 225-pound middle linebacker, Banks said he had been courted by USC, UCLA and other football powerhouses.

Aside from football, Reilly reported Banks visited a place he could not have previously gone to with his GPS ankle bracelet. After cutting the bracelet off, Banks went to Sea World.

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-- Matt Stevens

twitter.com/mattstevenslat

Photo: A tear runs down the cheek of former Long Beach high school football star Brian Banks after his rape conviction was overturned May 24. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times.

 
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