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#249: Michael Sam and the Number that Changed American Sports Forever
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The reality is that in his 24 years on the planet, Sam has already overcome far more than virtually anyone in the NFL.
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After declaring his orientation in an interview with ESPN, Sam immediately fell 70 spots on the CBS draft board.
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"I thought you guys were straight! That's why I was giving you a hard time," his eyes suddenly started to radiate warmth and comradeship.
Ending 'don't ask, don't tell' in the NFL cold be nearly as significant as integrating the military.
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"When I got up there in front of my team, it was actually the first time I said the words to anyone: 'I am gay.' "