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NFL’s first active player to come out as gay, Carl Nassib, 28, reveals he is now dating someone


‘I met an awesome guy, he’s the best’: Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib, 28, reveals he’s dating – months after becoming first NFL active player to come out as gay

  • NFL player Carl Nassib, 28, has revealed he is happily dating ‘an awesome guy’
  • He opened up about his love life in an interview but didn’t reveal partner’s name 
  • The Las Vegas Raiders defensive end became first active gay NFL player this year


NFL’s first active player to publicly reveal he is gay earlier this year has revealed that he is now happily in a relationship.

In his first official interview since coming out as gay, the Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib, 28, has revealed that he is no longer single and is dating someone ‘awesome’.

He opened up about his love life to the hosts of Blue Wire’s ‘Comeback Stories’ podcast, saying: ‘I met an awesome guy. He’s the best.’

NFL player Carl Nassib, 28, who publicly revealed he is gay earlier this year has revealed that he is no longer single and is now happily in a relationship with ‘an awesome guy’

Nassib revealed that he only realised that he was gay four years ago and said that though his family and close friends already knew, he had wanted to establish himself in the league before making his sexuality public. 

Speaking about his newfound relationship, he told the hosts that he felt there was something missing in his life as he got older.  

Hew said: ‘I was really jealous of people who went through life as being somebody else’s number one priority,’ the 28-year-old said. ‘As you get older, everybody’s priorities shift.

‘Late at night, you’re just like, “OK, am I anyone’s number one priority?” And that’s just the one thing that I wanted. I just wanted to be someone’s number one priority and I couldn’t have that.’

He added: ‘But I got that now, so it’s good.’ 

Nassib revealed that he only realised that he was gay four years ago and said that though his family and close friends already knew, he had wanted to establish himself in the league before making his sexuality public

Nassib revealed that he only realised that he was gay four years ago and said that though his family and close friends already knew, he had wanted to establish himself in the league before making his sexuality public

However, despite gushing about his new partner, Nassib did not reveal his identity and his spokesperson declined to comment when approaced by TODAY.com. 

Nassib made the became the NFL player to publicly reveal he is gay while still playing football. 

Several have come out publicly since retiring and many more have remained closeted for fear of backlash. 

He made the announcement in a video on Instagram on June 21, explaining that while he’s normally a private person, he wanted to reveal that he is gay publicly as he thinks that ‘representation and visibility are so important.’ 

Following his announcment, Nassib was met with a wave of support from fans, NFL player public figures - and even recieved a shoutout from President Joe Biden on Twitter

Following his announcment, Nassib was met with a wave of support from fans, NFL player public figures – and even recieved a shoutout from President Joe Biden on Twitter 

‘I actually hope that one day videos like this and the whole coming out process are just not necessary,’ he said. ‘Until then, I am going to do my best and do my part to cultivate a culture that is accepting and compassionate.’ 

Alongside his coming out video, he also donated $100,000 to the Trevor Project, a charity that focuses on preventing suicide among LGBTQ youth. 

Following his announcment, Nassib was met with a wave of support from fans, NFL player public figures – and even recieved a shoutout from President Joe Biden on Twitter.  

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