Former Football Player, Wade Davis, came out as gay last year after playing with the Tennessee Titans. The former NFL cornerback also played with the Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Redskins, from 2000-2004.
Today, the 34-year-old Davis is coming forward about the challenges he faced while being a gay man in the NFL. He was interviewed for the first time with both SB Nation and Outsports.
Davis also spoke about the idea of having an openly gay man in the locker room and how that can make other heterosexual players uncomfortable. Davis told Outsports, “You just want to be one of the guys, and you don’t want to lose that sense of family. Your biggest fear is that you’ll lose that camaraderie and family.”
Davis also mentioned in his interview, “I started to realize that, you know what, there’s an opportunity here for me to really make and effect change, not only within myself but in the world.”
Furthermore, during his interview with Amy Nelson of SBNation’s, he said, “I think subconsciously, I understood that being gay…the way I was raised…was wrong, and there was no way that my family, at least in my mind, would accept me, and also that my football family would [not] accept me, just because of the perception of being gay meant that you’re less masculine.”
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However, Today Davis wants to be most remembered for his work off the field. He is a staff member at the Hetrick-Martin Institute, where he helps serves lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or other questioning youths in New York City. He is also does campaign work for President Obama which he is proud of.
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