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USA TODAY Sports Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Michael Sam reacts after Missouri defeated Indiana on Sept. 21 in Bloomington, Ind.

College football: Missouri DL Sam announces he’s gay

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — National Football League hopeful Michael Sam on Monday drew public support from athletes, fans and politicians after he disclosed he is gay and became potentially the league’s first openly homosexual player.

The NFL and the University of Missouri, where Sam starred as a defensive lineman, rallied around him. Even first lady Michelle Obama weighed in, calling him an “inspiration” for his courage on and off the field.

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