College Kicker Could Become First Openly Gay Player in NFL

Tennessee State's Alan Gendreau


The gay speculation has been roiling in recent weeks: First CBS Sports reported last month that an NFL player may come out before the 2013 season starts, then former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo said that as many as four players might publicly proclaim their homosexuality in the near future.

The way things are going, it seems like it won't be long before someone reports that the entire AFC North was planning on coming out.

But the first openly gay male in a major American team sport may not be a veteran player who has been shielding his sexuality from the public view after all. The ground-breaking athlete who makes sports history may very well turn out to be an easygoing but deeply religious place kicker who has been openly gay to family and friends since he was 15 years old.