Gays in the NFL

Last week, Ryan O’Callaghan, an openly gay former member of the New England Patriots, released his memoir, My Life on the Line.  One passage has drawn quite a bit of interest: “I can promise you there’s plenty of closeted NFL players.  I think it’s safe to say there’s at least one on every team who is either gay or bisexual.”

A week before that book was released, NFL free agent Ryan Russell published an essay on  Here’s the salient passage: “Today, I have two goals: returning to the NFL, and living my life openly.  I want to live my dream of playing the game I’ve worked my whole life to play, and being open about the person I’ve always been.”  Apparently that person isn’t gay – he’s bisexual.  Let’s check back in a few months and see how that’s going.

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