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Commish welcomes Michael Sam

Updated: February 13, 2014, 9:29 AM ET
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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell expressed public support for Michael Sam for the first time Wednesday night, three days after the All-American defensive lineman from Missouri that he is gay during an interview with ESPN's "Outside the Lines."

"Good for him," Goodell said, via NFL spokesman Greg Aiello's Twitter page. "He's proud of who he is and had the courage to say it. Now he wants to play football. We have a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. ...

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