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COLUMBIA, MO (KCTV) -

The words uttered by Michael Sam earlier this month saying he is a proud, openly gay man were the reason for a protest on the University of Missouri campus Saturday.

The Westboro Baptist Church arrived in Columbia, MO, to protest the University of Missouri football player, but their protest sparked an anti-protest on campus.

It was a show of defiance against Westboro Baptist Church, but it was also a show of support for Sam and Tiger football.

Hundreds of Mizzou students formed a human wall along Faurot Field. They protested the handful of Westboro members who came carrying their usual flamboyant signs, shouting anti-gay chants and singing parodies of popular songs.

In contrast, the students stayed quiet.

The organizers said this was to protest the church. They said the Mizzou community is one big family and that students are proud of Sam.

"It's been really cool to see everyone come out today and show that whatever reason they had for coming to this and whatever support they had - Standing with Sam, all of that - we were able to form as one community," said rally organizer Alix Carruth. "There were kids here, moms here, families here and one school and really just unify in a wall and stand with Sam."

The line of Mizzou students was about a half mile long, and police had to direct traffic because of all the protestors.

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