Retired NFL player Wade Davis once played for the Tennessee Titans, the Washington Redskins, and the Seattle Seahawks. But in a new interview out today, the 34-year-old reveals how his biggest challenge in the NFL was going to extremes to hide his homosexuality from everyone around him.
The entire interview is terrific, but here's the money quote -- asked whether he thought a non-star should be the first player to publicly come out, Davis answered:
I'm going to be flat-out honest with you, it probably shouldn't if he wants to keep his job. If he's the 53rd man on the roster, if he's a free agent who's fighting for a job, maybe he shouldn't.
Then Davis backpedaled:
You know what, yes, it should be. Screw it. I don't want to be in the business of telling anyone they can't live their life authentically.