Jul 27, 2012; Mankato, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe (5) leaves the first day of training camp at Blakeslee Stadium at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Kluwe to Serve as Grand Marshal for Minneapolis Pride Parade


Oakland Raiders punter Chris Kluwe is returning to his old home in Minnesota. While Kluwe rose to stardom because of his outspoken nature during his time with the Vikings, he was ultimately released. However, he is still loved by the Minnesota fans.

So why is Kluwe returning to Minnesota?

He is making the trip to continue his support of the LGBT community by serving as grand marshal for the Minneapolis Pride Parade.

From Minnesota Public Radio:

When the Pride parade heads down Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis on Sunday, the grand marshal will be a hero of the GLBT community: Oakland Raiders punter Chris Kluwe.

The former Vikings player became a celebrity last year for his vivid denunciation of a Maryland state legislator who opposed marriage rights for gays and lesbians. Kluwe’s vulgarity-laced letter went viral, and he became a popular speaker on behalf of the same-sex marriage movement.

Kluwe is one of the most entertaining players in the league and it is great to see him come forward and continue to be a voice for the community that needs overwhelming support.

If you are a fan of Kluwe, you should be sure to check out his new book, “Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies.”

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