NFL deserves gay rights credit

Updated: February 3, 2012, 5:22 PM ET
By LZ Granderson | ESPN.com

It's been about 10 years since former NFL lineman Esera Tuaolo told HBO's "Real Sports" that he was gay. A lot has changed in the game since then.

Back then Tuaolo, who played in Super Bowl XXXIII, said he stayed in hiding for fear he could lose his career. Today, the owners of both the New York Giants and New England Patriots have publicly come out in support of marriage equality.

Back then one-time teammate Sterling Sharpe, in reaction to Tuaolo's news, said an openly ...

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