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February 26, 2014

Former offensive lineman for the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins Roy Simmons, who became only the second NFL pro-player to announce he was gay in retirement in 1992, has died aged 57

Roy Simmons, who became only the second NFL professional player to come out as gay after they have left the sport in 1992, has died aged 57.

Simmons died at home on Thursday from complications related to pneumonia. He had been diagnosed with HIV in 1997.

Simons first came to the sporting public’s attention as a star football player at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and was drafted to play for the New York Giants in 1979 and played with them for three years before playing in the 1984 Super Bowl with the Washington Redskins.

June 6, 2012

'I got to play in the NFL, and now I get to change the world'

No one who has played in the National Football League has ever come out publicly during their playing days.

But Wade Davis, who was a cornerback with the Tennessee Titans, the Washington Redskins, and the Seattle Seahawks, has just joined a select group of former players to declare to the world that they are gay.

June 6, 2012

'I got to play in the NFL, and now I get to change the world'

No one who has played in the National Football League has ever come out publicly during their playing days.

But Wade Davis, who was a cornerback with the Tennessee Titans, the Washington Redskins, and the Seattle Seahawks, has just joined a select group of former players to declare to the world that they are gay.

December 31, 2011

Retired gay Major League Baseball star Billy Bean says 'It's going to take maybe just one special guy who can really move that ball forward'

As 2011 draws to a close, the major U.S. professional sports of football, basketball and baseball still have never had an active male player declare that they are gay.

There are still only handful who have even done so in retirement.

Among them is retired baseball pro Billy Bean who played for San Diego Padres, Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Dodgers during the 90s and came out publicly in the 2003 memoir Going The Other Way.

December 19, 2011

Dallas Mavericks' Mark Cuban predicts the NBA will have an openly gay player within five years

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban knows that no NBA player has ever been openly gay during his playing career and only one- John Amaechi - has even come out in retirement.

But Cuban expects things to change within the next 3-5 years in the league which is scheduled to start its strike-delayed 2011-12 season on Christmas Day.