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Carl Nassib; The First Openly Gay NFL Player

Carl Nassib Comes out as Gay

Carl Paul Nassib is an American football defensive end for the Las Vegas Raiders of the National Football League. According to CNN, Carl Nassib has become a household name in the past 48 hours for one very poignant reason. The doe-eyed, clean-shaven 28-year-old defensive end for the Las Vegas Raiders stepped fully into his truth and took the whole world’s attention by sharing that he is unflaggingly, unapologetically gay. IN so doing he became the first active NFL player in the league’s history to announce that he’s gay — an important first in a field that too often lacks representation, advocates say, and a move that will likely help save lives among LGBTQ youth.

How Old Is Carl Nassib?

Carl Nassib was born on 12th April 1993. He is at present 28 years old.

Who is Carl Nassib?

Nassib was born in West Chester, Nassib, and comes from a football family. His father, Gilbert, played tight end at the University of Delaware in the late 1970s. He has a younger brother who played defensive end at Delaware and a cousin who played defensive back at Syracuse.

His older brother, Ryan, played quarterback at Syracuse and was drafted in 2013 by the Giants. Ryan spent two seasons as a backup quarterback in New York, then had brief and unremarkable stints with the Saints and the Jaguars before Jacksonville released him in 2017.

Carl Nassib Career

Nassib, a 6-foot-7, 275-pound end, 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 near the end of training camp in 2018, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers claimed him on waivers. He started 17 games in two years in Tampa Bay, totaling 63 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, and 12½ sacks.

In March 2020, he signed a three-year, $25 million deal with the Raiders. He is coming off a season in which he had 27 total tackles and his first career interception, a play on which he wasn’t taken down until he had returned the ball 23 yards.

Carl Nassib Comes out as Gay

In a video posted on his Instagram and which had garnered more than 700000 likes, Carl stated that he was gay.

“I’m not doing it for attention. I just think that representation and visibility are so important… I’m a pretty private person, so I hope you guys know that I’m really not doing this for attention,”

Carl comes out especially during the pride month in a year when it seems everyone, from straight moms to corporate cheese brands, is waving the rainbow flag.

Reaction on Social Media

His college coach, James Franklin, was among the first to release 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.”

President Joe Biden in a Twitter post also acknowledged the plight of LGBTQ while at the same time congratulating another player, Kuki Yokoyama that came out as transgender.

Carl also obtained support from the NFL which has historically remained largely a stubborn fixture in perpetuating yesteryear’s stereotypes of hypermasculinity.

In his Instagram post, Carl thanked the NFL, coaches, and his peers in the league for their respect and acceptance, and acknowledged that many gay people before him did not receive that same support.

“I stand on the shoulders of giants, incredible people who paved the way for me to have this opportunity,” Nassib said. “I do not know all the history behind our courageous L.G.B.T.Q. community, but I am eager to learn and to help continue the fight for equality and acceptance.”

Las Vegas Raiders also posted in support of Carl

 

 

 

 

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