Green Bay Packers cornerback Leroy Butler makes a play in a game during the season. There were many heroes in the fight for same-sex marriage. When it comes to changing public opinion, some of them were professional football players.
Those discriminating feelings are truly not in my heart. Further, I apologize to those who I have hurt and offended, and I pledge to learn and grow from this experience. During an interview Tuesday at the Superdome, Culliver responded to questions from comedian Artie Lange by saying he wouldn't welcome a gay player in the locker room.
So, with two gay players taking the field in the top tier of college football this season, has the future finally charged onto the turf? Running back Dave Kopay, who signed with the San Francisco 49ers inwould play for five teams before hanging up his jersey in He would become the first major professional athlete to come out in any sport, telling his story to the Washington Star in — three years after his retirement.
NBA center Jason Collins' announcement Monday that he's gay was a major moment in the history of American professional sports. NFL players mostly were supportive of the move publicly, with an emphasis on " mostly. That doesn't mean it will be easy for a homosexual NFL player to reveal his sexual orientation. Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward recently said he's uncertain whether the scene is set for the NFL's first openly gay player.
Inside the locker room of a professional sports team somewhere in America, a player may well be struggling to decide whether he is ready to come out publicly as a gay man. No professional male athlete active in the country's four prime-time team sports--football, baseball, basketball and hockey--ever has. Despite the steady emergence of a gay presence in mainstream American institutions, from Congress to Hollywood and even within several major religious denominations, gay professional athletes remain closeted behind a code that deems even a hint of homosexuality taboo.
There are now rumors that an active NFL player is considering coming out publicly and attempting to continue his career. This would be a big step for both the NFL and our society in general. There has never been a professional athlete that has been active while being publicly out.
William Gay born January 1,  is a former American football cornerback. He played college football for the University of Louisville. Gay signed with the Cardinals prior to the NFL season before returning to Pittsburgh the following year. Gay attended James S.
One more step: you will receive an email shortly. You must click on the link in that email to activate your subscription to the ticket. Williams cannot wear pink -- his mother died of breast cancer in May -- and Gay cannot wear purple -- his mother was killed in a domestic violence incident -- on an NFL field or they will get fined.
There has never been anyone who has been publicly out as gay or bisexual while playing in the NFL. Louis Rams in the NFL Draftand thus became the first publicly gay player drafted in the league, but was released before the start of the regular season. He became the first publicly gay player to play in the Canadian Football League in August