Michael Sam chooses truth from start

Updated: February 11, 2014, 6:16 PM ET
By Kate Fagan | espnW.com

We were looking at it the wrong way.

We assumed the first openly gay NFL player would be someone with serious job security -- the star quarterback or the veteran linebacker with a Super Bowl ring. Someone with the desire to rewrite his legacy. Someone with enough influence and team support to weather the publicity storm. Maybe even a group of guys banded together in solidarity, strength in numbers.

But Michael Sam saw it differently. Instead of bracing himself for what might happen ...

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