Found April 23, 2013 on NESN.com:
Over this offseason, there has been much speculation about the possibility of an openly gay player in the NFL. At one point it was rumored that as many as four players were contemplating coming out. Former Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo not only openly campaigned in support of a potentially gay player, but at one point implied he was in contact with one or more in the NFL. None of that has come to fruition, but if former Middle Tennessee State kicker Alan Gendreau realizes his dream, he could be the first openly gay player in pro football. In a profile by The New York Times’ John Branch — the same writer who famously profiled the life and death of former NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard — Gendreau talks about his dream to play in the NFL. He says his goal isn’t necessarily to break barriers, just realize his own athletic potential. “I’m a kicker that happens to be gay,” says Gendreau. “It’s a part of who I am, and not everything I am. I just want to be known as a normal kicker.” Ge...
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