Looks like there was a gay man in the NFL long before Michael Sam joined the leagued. Thing is, he was just in the closet. Probably, not the only one too.
Ryan O’Callaghan is a former American football offensive tackle. The New England Patriots drafted him in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. In 2007, he played with Tom Brady, winning the AFC title and going on to the Super Bowl. He ended his career with the Kansas City Chiefs after the 2011 NFL season.
The 33-year-old former athlete just came out as gay in an interview with OutSports.com. He reveals to the publication he wrestled with his sexuality throughout his career, even admitting using football as his beard. “Football was the most masculine thing I could do,” O’Callaghan told Cyd Zeigler.
O’Callaghan reveals he never faced bigotry from teammates and believes NFL teams are ready for openly gay players in the locker room. Watch his interview below.
Ryan O’Callaghan Comes Out
For more of O’Callaghan’s story, head over to OutSports.com.