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Is there any gay NFL players?

Updated: 9/27/2023
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11y ago

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I think only a few NFL players have ever openly stated that they were gay, and all of them after they'd retired from the game. It is unknown how many players in the NFL are gay, since male-dominated team sports tend be very homophobic, which forces players to stay in the closet.

I have spoken with a number of retired NFL players, recently retired. They tell me its well known who is gay and who is not and for the most part no one cares on the team if the dude is gay, he is only expected to do his job without

compromise. gay or str8.

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There are gays in all aspects of society. It may be difficult to openly declare oneself a gay footballer due to stereotyped images but with more tolerant social attitudes, perhaps this will gradually change.
Yes, in fact, a bunch are.

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More than likely. as for how many are not closeted gays probably a lot less than there really is. how many men would stop watching football if they found out their masculinity hero is gay?

A few probably and it would be some big story in the us because that's just what the media does. so the gays in the nfl probably keep to themselves.

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As of 2017, there have been 11 openly gay NFL Football players:

Played in a regular season game

  • 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 documentary on Smith being gay.
  • Ray McDonald (1967-68): Running back
  • Roy Simmons (1979-83): Offensive lineman with the Giants and Redskins.
  • 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.


Attended training camp

  • Wade Davis (2000-2003): Wide receiver with the Titans, Seahawks and Redskins.
  • Dorien Bryant (2008): Wide receiver with the Steelers.
  • Brad Thorson (2011): Offensive lineman with the Cardinals.
  • Michael Sam (2014): Defensive end with the Rams. Also on the Cowboys practice squad.
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There are currently no openly gay NFL players.

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There are no openly gay NFL players.

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Jackson, Smith,and Gay

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