National Football League team has at least one gay or bisexual player, according to openly gay former player Ryan O'Callaghan, but they fear backlash for coming out including losing sponsorships or even their place on the roster. Since publicly sharing his sexual orientation in , O'Callaghan said he regularly hears from closeted current professional football players. A lot of guys still see it as potentially having a negative impact on their career. The former offensive tackle kept his sexual orientation secret from the time he was drafted by the Patriots in through his tenure with the Chiefs which ended in It was a Chief's psychologist who helped him work through suicidal thoughts and an addiction to pain killers - and to build the courage to come out to his family. While O'Callaghan said most of his fears about coming out were family related, he believes contract guarantees might alleviate some athletes' fears of losing their jobs or sponsorship deals if they were to come out.
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He is currently the only athlete in one of the four major professional sports leagues to openly identify as LGBTQ. Russell, who grew up in Texas and played for Purdue, was first drafted in by the Dallas Cowboys. He then played two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Russell missed all of the season due to a shoulder injury. Despite this, Russell believed the NFL team thought he could be successful.
There have been 14 out gay and bi players in the NFL’s 100-year history
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