IT MAY NOT MATCH the thrill of making a game-clinching reception in the National Football League playoffs, but former wide receiver Mike Siani believes his new job as a banker is every bit as challenging.

"I've been there," said Mr. Siani, who joined NationsBank Corp. earlier this year to create a professional sports and entertainment group in its trust department. "I can relate to the athlete because I've seen former players and teammates of mine ripped off by agents, promoters, and whatever."

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