Arizona State Offensive Lineman Chip Sarafin Comes Out As Gay
Edward "Chip" Sarafin, a backup senior offensive lineman at Arizona State University has come out as gay in an issue of Compete magazine, an Arizona based publication centered on gay sports.
The 6 ft. 6" and 320 pound athlete happens to be a brilliant student; he's studying biomedical engineering with plans of becoming a neurologist and is currently researching ways to make helmets safer in order to prevent concussions.
He came out to his teammates last spring, saying "it was really personal for me and it benefited my peace of mind greatly."
Since the Compete issue came out, Sarafin's coach Todd Graham released the following statement:
"We are a brotherhood that is not defined by cultural and personal differences, but rather an individual's commitment to the Sun Devil Way. Chip is a fifth-year senior and a Scholar Baller, a graduate and a master's student. His commitment to service is unmatched and it is clear he is on his way to leading a successful life after his playing career, a goal that I have for every student-athlete. Diversity and acceptance are two of the pillars of our program, and he has full support from his teammates and the coaching staff."