Sunday’s Houston Chronicle takes a look back at the dysfunctional 1993 Houston Oilers team, a club that featured at least two key members of 12-4 team who were gay. The Chronicle reports that not only did the rest of the team know the players were gay, but they “accepted them and did not outcast them.”
“Listen, those guys that we’re talking about were unbelievable teammates. And if you wanted to go to war with someone, you would get those guys first. Because I have never seen tougher guys than those guys,” said Pro Bowl linebacker Lamar Lathon, who starred at the University of Houston. “And everybody in the locker room, the consensus knew or had an idea that things were not exactly right. But guess what? When they strapped the pads on and got on the field, man, we were going to war with these guys because they were unbelievable.”
For years many around the sports landscape have wondered if we will ever see an active NFL player come out and how his teammates would accept his teammates sexual orientation.
After NBA player Jason Collins announced he was gay in April, it was the first time an active player in the big four North American sports publicly came out. Collins was not signed to a contract after coming out.
How close do you think we are to seeing an active NFL player come out and what would the response be? Sound off with your opinion in the comments section.
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