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The subtle sizzle in the steak ad

Updated: October 28, 2003, 4:32 PM ET
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

Short question: Are America's power-purchasing sports viewers prepared to accept a gay former athlete as a product pitchman?

Shorter answer: You bet. Just as long as they don't know it.

This is the case of Esera Tuaolo, Hawaii native, erstwhile Oregon State star, NFL lineman who spent nine perfectly fine but otherwise unmemorable seasons with Green Bay, Minnesota, Atlanta, Jacksonville and Carolina.

He retired in 1999 and, in 2002, became briefly a recognizable name on the national ...

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