Las Vegas Raiders Defensive End has become the first active NFL player to come out as openly gay. The marks a incredible landmark for the NFL and it continued to push for social equality. Carl announced his decision to come out on his personal Instagram.

In Nassib’s statement he said “I just wanted to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now but finally feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest. I really have the best life, I’ve got the best family, friends and job a guy can ask for,”.

Carl Nassib was drafted in the 3rd round of the NFL Draft to the Cleveland Browns in the 3rd round after a remarkable career for Penn State. In recent years Nassib has floated around the league playing for the Buccaneers and landing with the Las Vegas Raiders.

In Carl’s post he also announced he would be donating $100K to Trevor Project which is a organization that aids in suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth.

The NFL came out with a statement in support of Nassib’s decision stating “The NFL family is proud of Carl for courageously sharing his truth today”. Along with the NFL coach of the Las Vegas Raiders Jon Gruden came out with a statement “I learned a long time ago what makes a man different is what makes him great,” Gruden told ESPN.

In recently years the LBGTQ community has increasing support from professional athletes with other athletes such as Jason Collins, Michael Sam, Megan Rapinoe, and others coming out. This incredible push will allow for more inclusion in sports and should spark a brighter future. Carl is "Transcending The Narrative" of sports.


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