Carl Nassib, a defensive end for the Las Vegas Raiders, came out publicly to the world yesterday, which makes him the first NFL player to openly identify as being gay.
Nassib shared the news on his Instagram with a casual video saying "What's up people? I'm at my house here in West Chester, Pennsylvania. I just want to take a quick moment to say that I'm gay."
"I've been meaning to do this for a while now, but I finally feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest. I really have the best life, I've got the best family, friends and job a guy could ask for."
Along with his personal announcement, Nassib also shared that he would be donating $100,000 to the Trevor Project, an organization whose mission is to provide suicide prevention resources for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
His post was flooded with comments of support from teammates, fellow NFL players, public figures and celebrities and more!
"❤️👏❤️👏" proud of you!!! 🏳️🌈" - Bobby Berk, Netflix's Queer Eye
"❤️" - Gwyneth Paltrow
"CONGRATS!!! So happy for you! ❤️" - Gun Kenworthy, Olympian
"Proud of you Brotha 🙏🏾" - Darius Stills, Las Vegas Raiders defensive tackle
"🖤🖤🖤" - Las Vegas Raiders
"Good for you Carl. Glad you feel comfortable enough to share and hopefully someday these types of announcements will no longer be considered breaking news." - JJ Watt, Arizona Cardinals defensive end
"#Pride😍" - Alyssa Milano