A former punter for the Minnesota Vikings, Kluwe found himself in the middle of a media firestorm as the debate over same-sex marriage raged in 2013. A staunch supporter of equality, the athlete penned a letter admonishing Maryland delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. for his chastising of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, himself an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights. As he told Out magazine in a cover story: "I think as more and more generations start rising through the NFL, a lot of these kids see that it’s OK to be something other than an athlete." Eventually the Vikings gave Kluwe the boot, a decision he outlined in a scathing letter published on Deadspin titled "I Was An NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards And A Bigot." A lawsuit concerning the matter was later settled, with the entire brouhaha cementing Kluwe as one of the sport's most notable crusaders for gay rights.