Found June 06, 2012 on Down and Distance:
The sport of football is a rough, rugged, and masculine game. Violence and machismo flow through the veins of every gridiron warrior whenever he steps on the field. It’s war, down to the final whistle. Former NFL corner back Wade Davis, who isn’t well-known but spent some time with several NFL teams, knows what it’s like to take the field with that type of hardened attitude. He also knows what it’s like to hide the fact that he is gay in an NFL locker room. Davis spent time with the Tennessee Titans, Seattle Seahawks, and Washington Redskins in the early 2000′s. Now that his playing days are over and he’s come out, Davis spoke about what it was like to be gay in the NFL, which is somewhat of a taboo subject: “I think subconsciously, I understood that being gay — the way I was raised — was wrong, and there was no way that my family, at least in my mind, would accept me. And also that my football family would not accept me just because of the perception of being gay meant that you’re less masculine.” He continued about the challenge of hiding his secret in an NFL locker room: “You just want to be one of the guys, and you don’t want to lose that sense of family. Your biggest fear is that you’ll lose that camaraderie and family. I think about how close I was with Jevon and Samari. It’s not like they’d like me less, it’s that they have to protect their own brand.” The Jevon and Samari Davis is referring to are former Titans teammates Jevon Kearse and Samari Rolle, both guys that Davis became close with. Kearse has since shown public support for the acceptance of gay players. However, no player has yet to come out and openly admit he is gay while he is still playing. There’s always that underlying fear of ridicule and/or not being accepted as a teammate and person. Davis spoke about what that could mean to a player’s chances to make a squad: “I’m gonna be flat-out honest with you, it probably shouldn’t be a reserve player if he wants to keep his job. If he’s the 53rd man on the roster, if he’s a free agent who’s fighting for a job, maybe he shouldn’t. I would hope that he would.” Davis currently does campaign work for President Obama and works at an institute in New York that serves gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth. He hopes to help these people to one day be able to tread fairly on the taboo subject of being “different”, especially in sports and popular culture in America.    

Ex-football player Wade Davis explains what it’s like being gay in NFL environment

Wade Davis never played an NFL game, but he spent time on the Titans, Redskins, and Seahawks rosters hoping for a shot. He was a part of the NFL culture and a member of NFL locker rooms. He was also gay, though he hid that fact while he played. Davis was profiled by, and filmed the above video with SB Nation where he talks about what it was like being gay and trying...

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A cornerback who spent four preseasons with three NFL teams and also played in NFL Europe has come out as gay, joining a small but growing number of former athletes who are publicly acknowledging they are gays or lesbians. Wade Davis, who spent the 2000 and 2002 preseasons with the Tennessee Titans, said he didn't tell his teammates he was gay because he feared the impact it...
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