“What’s up people,” Nassib posted on Instagram. “I’m at my house in West Chester Pennsylvania. I just wanted to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay.”
The 6’7”, 275-pound Penn State graduate started to smile, as he said this.
“I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now but finally feel comfortable getting it off my chest. I really have the best life, the best family, friends and job a guy can ask for.
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“I’m a pretty private person so I hope you guys know that I’m not doing this for attention. I just think that representation and visibility are so important. I actually hope that one day, videos like this and the whole coming out process are not necessary, but until then I will do my best and my part to cultivate a culture that’s accepting and compassionate and I’m going to start by donating $100,000 to the Trevor Project.
“They’re an incredible organization, they’re the number one suicide-prevention service for LGBTQ youth in America.”
It’s been more than seven years since anyone in the NFL came out as gay. Michael Sam was first in 2014, when he announced his orientation even before the NFL Draft. Although he was signed to the Rams and wound-up with the Cowboys before ending his pro football career in the U.S., Sam never got playing time until he accepted a short-lived spot in Montreal, Canada.
According to Sports Illustrated, Nassib was originally a third-round pick by the Cleveland Browns in 2016, and joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2018. During his two seasons with the Bucs in Tampa, Nassib had 12.5 sacks, and then signed a three-year, $25 million deal with the Raiders in 2020. Last season, Nassib was in a rotation but finished the year with 2.5 sacks and 28 total tackles.