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Former NFL player delivers diversity lecture at MSUB

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BILLINGS, Mont. -

Former NFL cornerback Wade Davis is no stranger to challenge. His latest challenge: advocating for the LGBT community.

Davis came out as gay nine years after playing for teams including the Washington Redskins, Tennessee Titans, and Seattle Seahawks. This year, Montana State University Billings invited Wade Davis to be a part of the annual 'Power of One' week from January 18th through the 27th.

"Even in a place like Billings, there is love and acceptance, and interest in having a conversation to make sure everybody is educated about the issues that are happening inside and outside of Billings," Davis said.

Davis spoke to an auditorium crowd about his growth through sports and self-love Wednesday evening.

"My message is to have love, respect, and acceptance for all genders, identities, and masculinities," Davis said. "The biggest influence I want to have is for people to think outside of themselves, not just about issues that look at us in the mirror everyday."

While Davis said he has a love/hate relationship with Montana because he suffered the 'worst loss' of his athletic career in Missoula, he hopes his influence and his message will last in the community, long after his records are gone.

Next up, Davis plans to give a TED Talk titled 'Me, Myself, and Masculinity,' and continue voicing compassion, acceptance, and equal rights for everyone.

For more information on Wade Davis, email info@wadeAdavis.com

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