What defines a Sports Stud? Sometimes it’s the muscles. Sometimes it’s their drop dead good looks. Other times it’s their athletic accomplishments. In certain cases, it’s their courage to stand up for what is right. That’s exactly why I decided to highlight Connor Barwin as this week’s sexy athlete.

When asked, the 26-year-old Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker has always stood tall as an LGBT ally. Even if he didn’t have a gay brother, I firmly believe he would have the same stance. Check out his response he recently made when someone questioned him if an openly-gay athlete would become a distraction for a team.

“I don’t think it would be selfish. As a heterosexual man, I can’t speak to what it must feel like to be gay in the NFL. I don’t know what somebody goes through. I imagine it’s very hard to go through. So I would support that teammate no matter what.”

“I don’t think it would be a distraction. And even if it was, the NFL has distractions in every locker room. You would work through it like anything else. If somebody had a problem with a teammate being gay, they would realize very quickly that it was something they could get over.” – Connor Barwin

Pretty hot, right? As they say, the sexiest muscle on a man is his brain. So true. Check out a slew of Connor playing on and off the field below. Enjoy. If you have any suggestions for future Sports Stud, please share them in the comments section.

Some bear on bear action ;)

Hanging out with his brothers above.