College Football Star Michael Sam Says He Is Gay; May Become First Publicly Gay Player in N.F.L.

02/09/2014 08:16 pm ET | Updated Feb 09, 2014
  • The New York Times
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As Michael Sam, a defensive lineman, began to speak, he balled up a piece of paper in his hands. “I’m gay,” he said. With that, Mr. Sam set himself on a path to become the first publicly gay player in the National Football League.

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