On Monday, Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib became the first active N.F.L. player to publicly declare he is gay.
“I just want to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay,” Nassib said in a video posted to his Instagram account. Nassib said he wasn’t seeking attention, but that “I think that representation and visibility are so important.”
Nassib, a five-year N.F.L. veteran who has also played with the Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, said he had been meaning to announcement that he is gay for a while, but was finally “comfortable getting it off my chest.”
Nassib, 28, thanked his coaches, teammates and the N.F.L. for their support.
“I would not be able to do this without them,” he wrote on Twitter.
Michael Sam, a defensive lineman who played college football at Missouri, announced he was gay before he was chosen in the seventh round of the 2014 draft. The Rams, then based in St. Louis, cut Sam at the end of training camp. The Dallas Cowboys signed him to their practice squad, but he never played in a regular season game.