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Active college player comes out

Updated: January 29, 2014, 12:03 AM ET
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Conner Mertens, a redshirt freshman kicker at Division III Willamette, came out publicly last week, telling his coach and teammates he's bisexual.

"I'm bisexual," Mertens told Bearcats coach Glen Fowles, according to OutSports. "I like dudes. I have a boyfriend. And next week, I'm going to tell the world."

He took his message further Monday night, posting a letter to his Twitter account:

I don't ask for a lot of favors-but I'm cashing one in right now. Please ...

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