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Gay-rights backers wait for their Jackie Robinson

Updated: January 31, 2013, 9:04 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- Brendon Ayanbadejo has heard from many players who applaud his support of gay marriage -- some of them teammates, others from the opposing side of the line.

Then, just days before the biggest game of the year, he received a striking reminder of the macho attitudes that still prevail in the NFL.

San Francisco cornerback Chris Culliver said he wouldn't welcome a gay player on his team. Even though he quickly backtracked, the comments underscored what Ayanbadejo already ...

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