NFL 2021 The Raiders defensive end made the announcement on social media
Lto The NFL is experiencing a historic moment in pride month. The defensive end of the Raiders, Carl Nassib announced on his social networks that he is Gay, being the first player in the league to announce it publicly.
Through your Instagram account, Nassib uploaded a video in which he explained that after years of hiding decided to make it public in order to reach more people, especially athletes, so that have a representation in the most important leagues in the world.
“I just want to take a moment to say that I am gay. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, but I finally feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest. I really have the best life. I have the best family, friends and job a man could ask for. I’m a pretty reserved person, so I hope they know that I’m not doing this to get attention, but I think representation is important. “
Nassib also announced that will make a donation of $ 100,000 to the Trevor Project, which seeks to help people in the LGTBQ + community in suicide prevention.
Raiders player is the first active player in the NFL who is openly gay in the NFL, although in 2014 Michael sam He announced that he was gay prior to the NFL Draft in which he was drafted by the Rams, but he never played for them.
After its announcement in networks, the NFL and the Raiders showed their support and pride for the player, as well as promote donation to the foundation he mentioned the defensive end to help more people.
The NFL family is proud of you, Carl. pic.twitter.com/HXbcBuLg2X
? NFL (@NFL) June 21, 2021
According to information from the SBNation portal there have been 15 players who have come out openly gay after ending their NFL careers.
Dave Kopay (1964-72): running back for the 49ers, Lions, Redskins, Saints and Packers.
Jerry Smith (1965-1977): tight end with the Redskins. The NFL Network produced a documentary on Smith’s homosexuality.
Ray McDonald (1967-68): runner
Roy Simmons (1979-1983): 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 (2003-2008): offensive lineman with the 49ers and Raiders.
Ryan O’Callaghan (2006-2011): offensive lineman with the Patriots and Chiefs.
Ryan Russell (2015-17, spent 2018 at Bills camp): defensive lineman with the Buccaneers and Cowboys.
Attended training camp
Wade Davis (2000-2003): wide receiver with the Titans, Seahawks and Redskins.
Dorien Bryant (2008): wide receiver with the Steelers.
Martin Jenkins (1977): Defense with the Seahawks.
Brad Thorson (2011): offensive lineman with the Cardinals.
Michael Sam (2014): Defensive end with the Rams. Also on the Cowboys practice team.
Colton Underwood (2014-2016): The tight end had seasons in the preseason or on the practice team with the Chargers, Eagles and Raiders.
In October, Martin Jenkins, A former defensive back for the Seattle Seahawks, he was nominated to the California Supreme Court. Jenkins is gay and this was the first time he spoke extensively about his sexual orientation.