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Athletes Who Have Come Out as Gay After Retirement
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So, with two gay players taking the field in the top tier of college football this season, has the future finally charged onto the turf? Running back Dave Kopay, who signed with the San Francisco 49ers in , would play for five teams before hanging up his jersey in He would become the first major professional athlete to come out in any sport, telling his story to the Washington Star in — three years after his retirement. Kopay released a best-selling autobiography a couple years after that, but find himself an outcast in the football world for decades , denied a chance to coach because of his sexuality even in the late s. Smith was part of a star Redskins lineup during the late s. His career 60 touchdowns would set a record among tight ends that would stand for 26 years.
Things really are getting better for gay professional athletes. Less than a decade ago, it was practically unthinkable for a gay athlete to come out in professional sports. Or for that matter, in one of the more visible college sports. In the spring of , NBA veteran Jason Collins came out publicly; the next winter, he became the first openly gay player in one of the big four pro sports. Ultimately, Collins played in 22 games with the Brooklyn Nets before retiring.
This list contains information about retired gay athletes, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous football, baseball and basketball players have come out as gay after they retired from professional sports. Some of these famous athletes came out on television, while others wrote about their sexuality in their memoirs. Who is the most famous retired gay athlete?