Michael Sam a novelty? Not really

There have been gay men in the NFL since Vince Lombardi coached

Updated: February 10, 2014, 1:18 PM ET
By LZ Granderson | ESPN.com

When a Super Bowl-winning football coach found out he had a gay player in his locker room, this is what he reportedly told his assistants: "If I hear one of you people make reference to his manhood, you'll be out of here before your ass hits the ground." 

The coach was Vince Lombardi, and the year was 1969.

Yeah, we've had gay men in the NFL for at least that long. So Michael Sam, welcome to the party. A party that includes former Super Bowl participants such as Esera Tuaolo ...

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