Former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jeff Rohrer just tackled a huge secret in his personal life, coming out as gay and revealing he plans to marry skincare magnate Joshua Ross on Sunday. Rohrer will be the first current or former NFL player known to be in a same-sex marriage, according to the paper. Rohrer, 59, grew up in Southern California and attended Yale. Rohrer said in an interview with OutSports , also posted Wednesday, that he never had a gay sexual experience while he was in the NFL or while he was married.
Gay former Dallas Cowboy Jeff Rohrer is marrying his boyfriend this Sunday
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Dallas Cowboys practice squad player defensive end Michael Sam at the team's headquarters on Wednesday in Irving, Texas. He is only on the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys , which means he's unlikely to take the field any time soon. As everyone has heard many times by now, he will be the first openly gay player in the league. No matter how exhausted some are with reports about Sam, his sexuality and what it does or does not mean for his football career, his story matters. That's not just for the NFL, but for so many gay black men, who know all too well what it's like to be sized up based on our sexuality. My first images of gay men on television were Blaine Edwards and Antoine Merriweather, the flamboyant critics who made up In Living Color's infamous "Men on Film" skit. They were more or less caricatures, and as someone who had a very early inkling that I preferred the company of boys to girls, they signified what it meant to be gay for me — and I wanted no part of it.