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DE comes out with Mertens' support

Updated: March 31, 2014, 12:39 PM ET
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Mitch Eby, a junior defensive end at private Chapman University in Orange, Calif., found the courage to tell his teammates he is gay after a talk with Conner Mertens, the Willamette University kicker who announced in January that he is bisexual.

Eby reached out to Mertens for guidance before talking with his coach and teammates, and their discussion, Eby said, helped him deal with the stigma he carried about gay athletes.

"A lot of people use the word 'gay' with a negative connotation," ...

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