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Michael Sam and other athletes who have come out of the closet

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Former Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam made history when he came out as gay in interviews with ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” and the New York Times on Sunday. The All-American defensive lineman and Associated Press’ SEC Defensive Player of the Year revealed that he came out to his teammates during a preseason football practice before the Tigers’ 2013 campaign. He decided to make his sexuality known to the world as he shared his hope to make the NFL draft and become the NFL’s first openly gay active player in history.

Like so many across the nation, we applaud Sam for picking up the ball and trying to break major ground for LGBT athletes major sports. However, definitely other athletes have come out as well. Check out some other out athletes below.

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1 Comment

  1. Dee on February 14, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    What is the big deal about someone professing to be gay? Is there a reward or something?? I don’t get it. If you are gay, okay. Why this big deal?