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Missouri's Michael Sam appears on the cover of Sports Illustrated

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Defensive end Michael Sam wanted the NFL team that drafts him to have no doubts about his sexuality. Now he is poised to become the league's first openly gay player. His Missouri teammates accept him. Will the pros? 

"Jason Collins is an activist; Wade Davis is an activist," says the 24-year-old Sam. "I see myself as a football player."

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