NFL player, gay rights activist Kluwe speaks at Everett CC

NFL player, gay rights activist Kluwe speaks at Everett CC

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NFL player and gay rights activist Chris Kluwe spoke at the Everett Community College's graduation ceremony, June 6, 2013.

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by ELISA HAHN / KING 5 News

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Posted on June 6, 2013 at 6:48 PM

He turned down dinner at the White House once, but for a small group of graduates at Everett Community College Chris Kluwe flew into town.

The NFL Veteran and former Seattle Seahawk was the keynote speaker at the college's first honors program graduation.

What has made the Oakland Raiders punter more famous than his 8 years in the league was a somewhat profane letter he penned to a Baltimore lawmaker, who criticized another NFL player for supporting gay marriage.

"I can assure you that gay people getting married will have zero effect on your life," Kluwe wrote. "They won't come into your house and steal your children."

"They won't even overthrow the government in an orgy of hedonistic debauchery because all of a sudden they have the same legal rights as the other 90 percent of our population," he said.

In the wake of the letter, Kluwe appeared on numerous talk shows and even received an invitation to the White House, which he turned down because of a team mini-camp.

Chemistry professor Mark Kontulis said Kluwe could teach students by example.

"Stand up for what you believe in, go with your heart, go with your gut and buck the stereotype," said Kontulis. "Cause that's what he's doing. He's not what we think in a football player kind of way."

When asked why he chose to speak at EVCC, Kluwe simply said, "Because they asked me."

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