Las Vegas Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib walked outside his home in West Chester, Pa., Looked directly into his phone and did something he said he hoped was no longer necessary.
In a few short sentences, the 28-year-old Nassib came out as gay. The video clip he recorded and then posted on his Instagram account made him the first active NFL player to do so.
“I wanted to do this for a while,” Nassib said. “But in the end, I feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest.”
In the one-minute video and an accompanying statement, Nassib said he had been worried for 15 years at the moment and that he had been planning to make his announcement for a while. Conversations with friends and family made it possible for him to say in public that he was gay.
“I actually hope videos like this and the whole outreach process are not needed one day,” Nassib said“But until then, I will do my best and do my part to cultivate a culture that is acceptable, that is compassionate.”
Nassib added that he owed $ 100,000 to a non-profit suicide prevention organization which focuses on LGBTQ people under 25 years of age.
Who’s Carl Nassib?
Nassib, a 7-foot, 275-pound mark, was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the third round of the 2016 draft. He played in 14 games during his rookie season and established himself as a starter in 2017.
When the browns released Nassib in 2018 at the end of training camp, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers demanded him on indemnity. He started 17 games in two years in Tampa Bay, with a total of 63 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 12½ sacks.
In March 2020, he signed a $ 25 million deal with the Raiders for three years. He comes from a season in which he tackles 27 total and intercepts his first career, a play in which he was not taken down until he returned the ball 23 yards back.
A football family
Born in West Chester, Nassib comes from a football family. His father, Gilbert, played at the University of Delaware in the late 1970s. He has a younger brother who defensive end played in Delaware and a cousin who defensive rugby games by Syracuse.
His older brother, Ryan, played quarterback at Syracuse and was drafted by the Giants in 2013. Ryan spent two seasons as a rugby quarterback in New York, then had short and unobtrusive signs with the Saints and Jaguars before Jackson released him in 2017.
An All-American Walk-On
Nassib was a run-in in Penn State who initially did not play at all, and then only sparingly. He did not really break out on the field, until his senior season in 2015, when he led the country with him 15½ bags.
Nassib was a unanimous American and the Big Ten defensive player of the year that season.
His college coach, James Franklin, was among the first to make a statement of support for Nassib on Monday.
“I was proud of Carl when he led the nation in sacks,” Franklin said, “but I’m even more proud of him now.”
Amateur Financial Advisor
Some people may remember Nassib from an episode of the HBO football reality show ‘Hard Knocks’.
In the track, Nassib uses a whiteboard and quick math to teach other members of the Browns’ line of defense about compound interest and financial literacy.
In his Instagram post, Nassib thanks the NFL, his coaches and his peers in the league for their respect and acceptance, acknowledging that many gay people before him have not received the same support.
“I stand on the shoulders of huge, incredible people who paved the way for me to get this opportunity,” Nassib said. “I do not know the history behind our courageous LGBTQ community, but I am eager to learn and to continue the fight for equality and acceptance.”
“Very proud of Carl Nassib! Incredibly happy for him and can’t wait to see him play next season! ” wrote former NBA player Jason Collins, who in 2013 became the first openly gay male athlete.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expressed the league’s support for Nassib in a statement.
“The NFL family is proud of Carl for courageously sharing his truth today,” Goodell wrote. “Representation is important. We share his hope that statements like his will soon one day no longer be newsworthy if we act towards full equality for the LGBTQ + community. ”
Nassib has also received public support from the Raiders, Penn State and current and former athletes.