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After coming out, former Maryland player feels he has a second chance
After coming out, former Maryland player feels he has a second chance

For years, Akil Patterson wouldn't tell the world who he really was: a gay man playing Division I college football. His secret weighed on him, frightened him, confused him, taking on a life all its own. In lonely periods, the former University of Maryland player would go online and type in "gay," "athlete" and other keywords. And Patterson, an offensive and defensive lineman on former coach Ralph Friedgen's teams of 2001-03, would wonder: how many other Division I athletes are gay — and black — and feeling as isolated as he was? "It's not like it's a terrible, deep, dark secret, but you think about the ramifications," said...

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