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A Gay Football Player, 'Alone in the Trenches'

Esera Tuaolo, out of uniform.
Esera Tuaolo, out of uniform.

Esera Tuaolo toiled for many years as a 300-pound defensive lineman in the ultra-macho National Football League. He played in the Super Bowl. Sometimes he sang the national anthem before the game.

All the while he was hiding a secret from teammates: his sexual orientation. He tells Liane Hansen about his memoir of the experience: Alone in the Trenches: My Life as a Gay Man in the NFL.

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