- September 2021
Over the summer, Las Vegas Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib became the first active NFL player to come out as gay.
So he was already making history as the first openly gay NFL player to appear in a regular-season game when he stepped on the field during "Monday Night Football." But in a Hollywood-esque turn of events, Nassib forced a fumble in overtime that led to his team's game-winning touchdown.
I think it must be said here and now that any athlete who comes out going forward won't be expected to be the hero of the next game. Announcing your orientation to the whole world is a scary affair. After you come out, you're a winner if you can simply remember which sport you play.
Last week minor-leaguer Bryan Ruby became the only active professional baseball player to come out. In July Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop announced he's gay, making the 19-year-old the first NHL player, active or retired, to come out. In June Carl Nassib of the Las Vegas Raiders became the first active NFL player to come out.
What on earth are they putting in Gatorade these days?
- June 2021
Bravo to NFL player Carl Nassib for coming out and donating 100K to The Trevor Project, which helps LGBTQ youth. He's 6'7". Calm down.
In a video from his home in Pennsylvania, Las Vegas Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib came out yesterday. He's the first active NFL player to come out as gay.
Boy, those of us who monitor LGBTQ firsts in sports have been waiting for this moment, when an active pro football player would get up the gumption to cross that macho line.
Touchdown. End-zone dance. We're going to Disney World.
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