After he retired, NFL player David Kopay in 1975 was the first major professional team-sport athlete to come out as gay.
Michael Alan Sam Jr. (born January 7, 1990) is an American former defensive end in American and Canadian football. He played college football for the University of Missouri and was drafted by He became the first publicly gay player to be drafted in the NFL. The Rams cut him during the final preseason roster cutdowns.
The openly gay and bi NFL players have been trailblazers in the league's 100 years.
Ryan O'Callaghan, who played for the New England Patriots and came out in 2017, said he regularly hears from closeted current athletes.
Ryan Russell shares a lot in common with many N.F.L. players: the grueling In 2014, the N.F.L.'s first openly gay player, Michael Sam, was.