Lombardi: A champion of gay rights

Vince, whose brother Hal was gay, would've been proud of Jason Collins

Updated: May 4, 2013, 11:31 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

Vince Lombardi would have loved Jason Collins, and everything about him. Collins is bright, professional, respectful, team-centric, and proud to be gay. Right in Lombardi's wheelhouse.

Long before it was fashionable, Lombardi was a champion of gay athletes, if only because he was a champion of all athletes, at least those who helped him score more touchdowns than the other guy. It didn't matter if they were white or black, or if they dated men or women or both, or if they dated interracially ...

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