Michael Carlson

Jun 24, 2021

5 min read

CARL NASSIB: GAY IN THE NFL: There is a history; the Raiders’ player is not the first

Why is it important that Carl Nassib came out as gay, publicly on social media, the first-ever active player in the National Football League to do so?

American football is the most violent of team sports, and thus the most macho. Its structures and ethos are militaristic, everything from terminology (blitzes, bombs, battles and trenches) to tactical game-planning, but most of all its adherence to the military basic-training approach to build team cohesion and individual toughness…