(Image source: Outsports)

 

BY BRIAN BONDUS

 

Alan Gendreau is trying to make history by becoming the first openly gay NFL player.  

He is  a place kicker and graduated from Middle Tennessee State in 2012.  He’s been openly gay since he was 15 years old and Outsports.com reports he is attempting to get in the NFL this year.

And Gendreau has quite a boot — his 295 total points scored in college hold the record for most points scored by any player in the Sun Belt Conference since 2000.

(Via Youtube / Rem944)

So does he have a chance of making it to the NFL?

Well according to his agent Leigh Steinberg, who also represented ...

(Via Wikimedia Commons)

Hall of Fame players Troy Aikman ...

(Via Dallas Morning News)

And Warren Moon--- Yes.

(Via Sports Illustrated)

"His sexual orientation is not going to matter one bit.  The only thing that matters is if he can put that ball between those goal posts. If he can do that, and if he can do it consistently, he’ll have a shot at the NFL."

And his agent isn’t the only one who believes Gendreau his a chance of scoring big. His fans in the Twitter verse were very vocal with support. Some writing:  

"@AGendreau38 i really hope you have the chance to play in the NFL. You're opening the door for a new era of acceptance in pro-sports. TY"

(Via Twitter / @ryantacodean5m)

"EXTREMELY proud of my friend @AGendreau38. His bravery, and courage, need to be modeled by other aspiring athletes."

(Via Twitter / ‏@InternAdam13h)

So, Gendreau seems to have a lot of backing as he prepares for the NFL draft.  But the real question is, will he receive the same support on the field? Is the NFL ready for its first openly gay player?  Well, ESPN’s Jamele Hill says “ready” is a relative term.

“Especially the civil rights struggle. If you asked some people then were they ready. if you waited for them to be ready I think we would all still be drinking out of separate drinking fountains.  It doesn’t matter if we are ready the moment is here.”

A writer for CBS Sports agrees noting the path for openly gay NFL players has already begun to clear.

With his report “Teammates, coaches knew of gay NFL player and didn't care” he points out that one unnamed player came out and was accepted — one of his peers said,

"It was the worst kept secret on the team...Many of us knew and we didn't care at all...We saw him as a player...not as a gay player."

Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker and gay-marriage advocate says four other players are planning to come out together on the same day in the near future.

“It would make a major splash and take the pressure off one guy. It would be a monumental day if a handful or a few guys come out.”

(Via Baltimore Sun)

And on Tuesday the NFL announced an anti-discrimination policy to create a “culture of inclusion” to protect gay players from harassment and discrimination.

(Via Pink News)

NFL teams will most likely not select Gendreau in this weekend’s draft.  College kickers rarely get drafted. His best chance to make an NFL team will be in free agent signings, which follow the draft.

Openly Gay Kicker Wants to Make NFL History

by Brian Bondus
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Apr 24, 2013

Openly Gay Kicker Wants to Make NFL History

(Image source: Outsports)

 

BY BRIAN BONDUS

 

Alan Gendreau is trying to make history by becoming the first openly gay NFL player.  

He is  a place kicker and graduated from Middle Tennessee State in 2012.  He’s been openly gay since he was 15 years old and Outsports.com reports he is attempting to get in the NFL this year.

And Gendreau has quite a boot — his 295 total points scored in college hold the record for most points scored by any player in the Sun Belt Conference since 2000.

(Via Youtube / Rem944)

So does he have a chance of making it to the NFL?

Well according to his agent Leigh Steinberg, who also represented ...

(Via Wikimedia Commons)

Hall of Fame players Troy Aikman ...

(Via Dallas Morning News)

And Warren Moon--- Yes.

(Via Sports Illustrated)

"His sexual orientation is not going to matter one bit.  The only thing that matters is if he can put that ball between those goal posts. If he can do that, and if he can do it consistently, he’ll have a shot at the NFL."

And his agent isn’t the only one who believes Gendreau his a chance of scoring big. His fans in the Twitter verse were very vocal with support. Some writing:  

"@AGendreau38 i really hope you have the chance to play in the NFL. You're opening the door for a new era of acceptance in pro-sports. TY"

(Via Twitter / @ryantacodean5m)

"EXTREMELY proud of my friend @AGendreau38. His bravery, and courage, need to be modeled by other aspiring athletes."

(Via Twitter / ‏@InternAdam13h)

So, Gendreau seems to have a lot of backing as he prepares for the NFL draft.  But the real question is, will he receive the same support on the field? Is the NFL ready for its first openly gay player?  Well, ESPN’s Jamele Hill says “ready” is a relative term.

“Especially the civil rights struggle. If you asked some people then were they ready. if you waited for them to be ready I think we would all still be drinking out of separate drinking fountains.  It doesn’t matter if we are ready the moment is here.”

A writer for CBS Sports agrees noting the path for openly gay NFL players has already begun to clear.

With his report “Teammates, coaches knew of gay NFL player and didn't care” he points out that one unnamed player came out and was accepted — one of his peers said,

"It was the worst kept secret on the team...Many of us knew and we didn't care at all...We saw him as a player...not as a gay player."

Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker and gay-marriage advocate says four other players are planning to come out together on the same day in the near future.

“It would make a major splash and take the pressure off one guy. It would be a monumental day if a handful or a few guys come out.”

(Via Baltimore Sun)

And on Tuesday the NFL announced an anti-discrimination policy to create a “culture of inclusion” to protect gay players from harassment and discrimination.

(Via Pink News)

NFL teams will most likely not select Gendreau in this weekend’s draft.  College kickers rarely get drafted. His best chance to make an NFL team will be in free agent signings, which follow the draft.

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