But at the same time I was also intentionally trying to kill and destroy a part of myself. Retrieved April 24, I had to read it multiple times in order to get it. Simmons, who was HIV-positive, died of complications from pneumonia in InBradley Kim of the Air Force Academy came out as gay, thus becoming the first openly gay football player to play for any military academy in the United States; open homosexuality was forbidden in the U. Archived from the original on January 15, This interview has been edited and condensed.
InMichael Sam a college football player publicly came out as a gay football player.
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An offensive lineman for Princeton, Mason Darrow came out in Brad Thorson A center for Wisconsin when the team finished number 5 in the country, Brad Thorson would go undrafted inthen sign as a free agent with the Arizona Cardinals, only to end up on an injured reserve list before leaving the league without playing a regular season game. Archived from the original on June 20, After his retirement from American football, Kwame Harris in publically revealed of being a homosexual in an interview with CNN. Davis said he concealed his sexuality from teammates while he played. Defensive back Theodore Lisoski was out when he tried out doe and made the Portland Pit Bulls formerly the Portland Monarchsa semi-pro team, in
Kopay released a best-selling autobiography a couple years after that, but find himself an outcast in the football world for decadesdenied a chance to coach because of his sexuality even in the late s. Louis Rams locker room, but later apologized that it "failed to meet the standards we have set in reporting on LGBT-related topics in sports. Archived from the original on April 27, Alan Gendreau A kicker for four seasons with the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, Alan Gendreau, openly gay from age 16 on, would end his college career as the lead scorer in Sun Belt conference history. I have a responsibility to engage men in conversation and make sure that they know that everything I have learned I read it in a book written by women. So much for distractions".