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      MU students voice support for Michael Sam

      MU students are voicing their support for former Tiger Michael Sam.

      University of Missouri students are voicing their support for former Tiger defensive end Michael Sam.

      The All American and SEC defensive player of the year announced Sunday night that he is gay.

      Sam could become the first openly gay player in the NFL. He is projected to be a mid-round pick in the NFL draft in May.

      "I mean, any time you become the first openly gay football player in the NFL it is a big deal. But personally, for me I don't think it's that big of a deal because you shouldn't be judging a football player on his sexuality, but how he plays football," MU junior Rob trader said.

      Senior Garrett Meier said the general feeling on campus was one of support.

      "Absolutely very supportive...I haven't met one person who hasn't been supportive of it," Meier said.

      "I personally knew the dude, and he's a really cool guy, he's a really humble guy, and I was really proud of him whenever I heard."

      "Seems like everyone is cool with it. I think...it's 2014 you know, something like that's not a big deal anymore," junior Dan Lowery said.

      Despite speculation that Sam's announcement could hurt his draft stock, the students are more optimistic.

      "I mean, unless someone has a problem with homosexuality it shouldn't do anything you know," Lowery said.

      "He's one of the best defensive ends in the country, so I don't think it should. I hope it doesn't, but I don't think it will," Trader said.