Carl Nassib is the first NFL player to publicly come out as gay making history.
Carl Nassib, this hot dude in the video below, came out as gay in an Instagram video he shared last Monday afternoon, becoming the first active gay player in National Football League history to come out while signed to a team.
His message is clear, direct and open-hearted:
“I’m at my house in West Chester, Pennsylvania. I just wanted to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now but finally feel comfortable getting it off my chest. I really have the best life, the best family, friends and job a guy can ask for. I’m a pretty private person so I hope you guys know that I’m not doing this for attention. I just think that representation and visibility are so important. I actually hope that one day, videos like this and the whole coming out process are not necessary, but until then I will do my best and my part to cultivate a culture that’s accepting and compassionate and I’m going to start by donating $100,000 to the Trevor Project. They’re an incredible organization, they’re the number one suicide-prevention service for LGBTQ youth in America and they’re truly doing incredible things. I’m very excited to be a part of it and help in any way that I can and I’m really pumped to see what the future holds.”
Carl Nassib is yes the first openly gay NFL player actively signed to a team, but he is not the only NFL player who came out as part of the LGBT+ family. Other players, once retired from their careers, decided to finally come out, such as:
- Dave Kopay (1964-72): Running back with the 49ers, Lions, Redskins, Saints, and Packers.
- Jerry Smith (1965-77): Tight end with the Redskins. The NFL Network produced a documentaryon Smith being gay.
- Ray McDonald (1967-68): Running back
- Roy Simmons (1979-83): Offensive lineman with the Giants and Redskins.
- Jeff Rohrer (1982-89): Linebacker with the Dallas Cowboys.
- Esera Tuaolo (1991-99: Defensive tackle with the Packers, Vikings, Jaguars, Falcons and Panthers.
- Kwame Harris (2003-08): Offensive lineman with the 49ers and Raiders.
- Ryan O’Callaghan (2006-11): Offensive lineman with the Patriots and Chiefs.
- Ryan Russell (2015-17, spent 2018 in Bills camp): Defensive lineman with the Buccaneers and Cowboys. Identifies as bisexual.
Ant they are not alone, as you can see here.
Well, what else can we say? Congrats Carl, make us proud every day more!