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Dorien Bryant Could Have Been The NFL’s First Openly Gay Player

You may not have any idea who Dorian Bryant is and that’s okay, but here’s why.

"the Tennessee Titans offered [him] a contract in 2009, he declined. Then the Cowboys called. Dorien let it go to voicemail. “I was just afraid I’d be 30 and still not know who I am,” he says. “I know that 30 isn’t the be-all-end-all … but it is in gay years.”

He struggled for a while with his sexuality..

"As NFL scouts scrutinized every on-field misstep his junior year, Dorien struggled to hide his off-field secret: a relationship with a male Purdue cheerleader. Since high school he’d known he was at least bisexual, if not gay, but football always got in the way. “Everything was laid out for me,” he says, from the regimented lifestyle—6 a.m. lifts to 10 p.m. film sessions—to a machismo image he had to maintain. “I had girls hanging all over me.”

He goes on to explain how he knew he’d be cut once word got out about his “hidden” sexuality.

"At training camp, NFL teams invite two or three times the number of players they need to fill their rosters—and look for any reason to cut you. “These franchises have so much more to think about,” Dorien says. “How many fans of the Houston Texans do you think are going to be like, ‘OK, here comes some gay guy playing on our team?’”

And on other players in the NFL he suspects were gay…

“I think there had to be a solid six or seven guys, who—I’m pretty sure—I mean, they may not have been gay, but they would definitely get into bed with a guy.” And while he says neither of them currently play in the NFL, he knows at least two Heisman winners he strongly suspects are gay.

And has some harsh words for those who have already come out in sports “Sixty to 70 percent of the people don’t even know what they’re fighting against,” he says.

Interesting read.

much much more at the source

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