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Brendon Ayanbadejo calls Michael Sam a pioneer in tradition of Jackie Robinson
Brendon Ayanbadejo calls Michael Sam a pioneer in tradition of Jackie Robinson

The significance of Missouri defensive end and NFL draft prospect Michael Sam's ground-breaking revelation that he's gay immediately struck a chord with former Ravens linebacker and special teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo. Ayanbadejo regards Sam as a true pioneer in the tradition of Jackie Robinson, the Brooklyn Dodgers legend who broke the color line in baseball as the first African-American player in Major League Baseball. For several years, Ayanbadejo has been a strong advocate for gay rights and successfully sought to have same-sex marriage legalized in the state of Maryland. Now, Ayanbadejo is supporting Sam as he's poised to become the first openly gay player in the...

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