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Hall of Famers expect league to support Sam

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In predicting the type of support he expects Sam will receive once he enters the NFL, Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson drew on his own experience of playing with former offensive lineman Roy Simmons, who in 1992 announced he was gay on the Phil Donahue Show.
   If Sam is drafted, he'll become the first openly gay active player in the history of the NFL.
   Former Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell doesn't anticipate Sam experiencing difficulty with teammates in the NFL.
   The Hall of Famers agreed that ultimately, any judgment of Sam will be based on how he produces on field, not his sexuality.
   Hall of Fame defensive end Fred Dean admitted that back when he played (1975-1985), Sam may have been viewed differently by peers around the league.

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