Defensive lineman Michael Sam #52 of the Missouri

Defensive lineman Michael Sam #52 of the Missouri Tigers, who is possibly headed to the NFL, has been praised by fans for coming out as gay. In this file photo, Sam is congratulated by teammates after sacking quarterback Taylor Kelly #10 of the Arizona State Sun Devils during the game at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Miss., on Sept.15, 2012. (Credit: Getty Images/Jamie Squire)

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