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Athletes, crusaders for change

Brendon Ayanbadejo and Etan Thomas lead the way in activism

Updated: January 14, 2013, 10:01 AM ET
By Justine Gubar | Special to ESPN.com

[The "Athletes and Activism" feature produced by Justine Gubar will air as part of ESPN's MLK Special "Content of Character," (Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2).]

Brendon Ayanbadejo checks in on Facebook from the supermarket, an unremarkable act for a remarkable man. He's a veteran NFL player and a heterosexual who has become a crusader for legalizing same-sex marriage. Once you get to know him, you realize that activism is in his blood.

"I have a really open and ...

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