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Esera Tavai Tuaolo is of Samoan ancestry and was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He had a successful football career for thirteen years. He played at Oregon State University, and then in the NFL for nine years. After retiring from the NFL, Tuaolo came out as gay in 2002 and began a career of advocating for the LGBT community. Tuaolo is also a singer. He has sung the National Anthem at sporting events, including NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA games, and at the opening ceremony of the Gay Games VII. He has also released and performed his own music, and now continues to write, record, and perform music throughout the country. His autobiography is titled Alone in the Trenches: My Life as a Gay Man in the NFL.