NFL Rookies Okay With Having a Gay Teammate

Brittani’s Team Pick:

If I had to pick one group of people that was guaranteed to never try and beat me up for being gay, a batch of NFL rookies would be a great place to start. I know, right? Recently Outsports got to a few of them before their publicists could advise them otherwise at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere events in Los Angeles. What resulted was an outpouring of support for gay athletes, acknowledgement of their existence and struggles, and declarations of not caring about a teammate’s sexual orientation. Not only did the rookies have hopeful words, but recently retired athletes did as well. Former Green Bay Packer Ahman Green even revealed he has a gay brother and sister. You should take a look at the whole story and more of these pictures with words on them that the internet loves so much.

Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins (Getty Images)

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Brittani Nichols is a Los Angeles based comedy person. When she's not tweeting about white people or watching television, she's probably eating pizza. Actually, she's probably doing all three of those things concurrently and when she's not doing THAT, she's sleeping. Brittani also went to Yale and feels weird about mentioning it but wants you to know.

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  1. Thumbs up to this!

    I also really appreciate how a lot of the comments aren’t these huge DECLARATIONS about their support of gay peers, but rather very matter-of-fact statements about how oh hey, it really doesn’t matter, they just care whether the dude’s a good player and teammate.

  2. I’ve read a lot of good things about RG3 and this makes me like him even more. Not so much for fantasy, granted, but as a person.

    Here’s to hoping that football can evolve into something that’s a safe place for all athletes, regardless of sexuality, etc etc.

  3. Thumbs up to them! And with football being my absolute favorite sport of all time, I’m glad to see some players from the league being so accepting.

  4. I don’t even really know anything about sports and certainly not US sports so some bits of this were incomprehensible to me but I really just want to print out that picture of Robert Griffin III and give it to all the homophobes who are terrified that gay people will hit on them. I didn’t know who he was until this but I think I love him a little bit.

  5. I’m do glad that RG3 came out in support of lgbt teammates! He is such a great role model and representative of our school. Plus, he and Brittney Griner are friendly, which is adorable. As a Baylor student, I can say that although our administration is astoundingly backwards, our student body is more progressive than you’d think! (Although, of course, there are still a lot of those who choose to stay in the closet) Sic ‘Em!

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