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Long Beach football stand-out Brian Banks to try out for NFL teams weeks after being exonerated of rape charges

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AP Photo/California Western School of Law

This undated image provided by the California Western School of Law shows Brian Banks, who was exonerated after challenging his 2002 rape conviction during a hearing scheduled for Thursday May 24, 2012, after his accuser, Wanetta Gibson, recently recanted her testimony.

Brian Banks was a star middle linebacker for Long Beach Polytechnic High School before a rape accusation sent him to prison for over five years. Last week, Banks finally put an end to that period of his life when a Long Beach judge exonerated him

Outside the courthouse, Banks said he's been working out non-stop for the last 6 months, hoping that after his name was cleared, he could finally pursue his dream of playing professional football. Banks' lawyer, Justin Brooks, told the crowd that NFL teams should be lining up to get Banks, whom he called the most determined young man he's ever met. 

Apparently they listened, because Banks today announced that he'll be trying out with the Seattle Seahawks on June 7—one of six teams that's contacted him in the past few days. 

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