Former NFL player and current Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Troy Vincent says he played with at least six openly gay players during his time in the NFL. According to a report by CBS Sports on March 26, Vincent spoke to the media on the topic when he was asked to address Michael Sam becoming the first openly gay player attempting to make an NFL roster.
As Sam’s announcement raised the question on whether the NFL is ready for an openly gay teammate in the locker room, Vincent, like a few other former players, said the NFL has already had openly gay players and for him, it was not a big deal.
“I’m not going to share their names, but in my 15 years, there were six individuals who were at least openly gay in the locker room. No problem. From my days in Miami until I ended in Washington, they were just my teammates. Just like my family members. …We ate together, we flew together, they’re roommates in hotel rooms. It was what it was.”
There will be some players who have an issue or have some kind of discomfort, but overall, what Vincent expressed is what several former and current players have said and that is the acceptance of players based on their on-field production and not sexual preference, face, religion or any other differences.
Michael Sam’s coming out has drawn attention because he is open with the media. He isn’t the first and he won’t be the last NFL gay player. It’s a story because his sexuality is known. Other players in the NFL who are gay are just keeping their private lives private. Players don’t seem to have a problem with that, their discomfort appears to be more centered on the media hype.
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