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Notebook: Sam brushes off hate speech, just wants to play football

9:25 PM, Feb. 22, 2014
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Michael Sam just wants to play football, but understands the questions he must answer to make that a reality.

As he and many other undersized college 4-3 defensive ends prepare to make the jump into the NFL limelight, the co-SEC defensive player of the year spent most of his availability at Saturday's NFL combine addressing his decision last month to announce he is gay.

On Friday, Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson said a prospect's sexual orientation didn't matter to him. His only concern? The type of citizen and player he's inserting into the locker room. ...

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