Former NFL Lineman Comes Out As Gay

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Retired NFL lineman Ryan O'Callaghan now reveals he used his football career as a way to "cover" for his homosexuality.

The 33-year-old, who previously played for the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs, recently spoke to Cyd Zeigler at OutSports.

He said:

"No one is going to assume the big football player is gay.

"It’s why a football team is such a good place to hide."

O'Callaghan says he struggled with his sexuality throughout his time in the NFL, and admits that in 2011, toward the end of his pro football career, he came close to killing himself. 

From TMZ Sports:

Fortunately, Kansas City Chiefs trainer, David Price, noticed he wasn't being himself and advised him to talk to the team's counselor. 

Ryan says he took Price's advice and it saved his life. He later came out to family and friends -- and got the love and support he needed. 

Now, O'Callaghan says he loves life and is glad he decided to go public. 

He also says he never faced bigotry from teammates and believes NFL teams are ready for openly gay players in the locker room.