Sunday Q&A: Former Viking Esera Tuaolo

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  • Updated: February 15, 2014 - 10:33 PM

Esera Tuaolo had a nine-year NFL career as a defensive lineman, including five seasons with the Vikings from 1992 to ’96. In 2002, after his football career was over, he came out as gay and in 2006 he released his autobiography, “Alone in the Trenches: My Life As a Gay Man in the NFL.” In light of Missouri’s Michael Sam coming out last week in advance of the NFL draft, the Star Tribune’s Michael Rand caught up with Tuaolo for his thoughts on a number of subjects:

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toatsmcgoatsFeb. 16, 14 9:24 AM

Yawn! Being labeled a "hero" b/c of one's sexual orientation is just downright strange. What does his orientation have to do with anything?

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Izzy96Feb. 16, 1410:39 AM

Esera has a marvelous voice, and I recall meeting a woman who founded the Ten Thousand Things Theatre which as I recall brings theatre to prisons, and Esera did sme work for her. She had nothing but wonderful things to say about him as a person and an actor. Best Esera.

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