Former NFL player Brad Thorson comes out
Former college football player and Arizona Cardinals centre, Brad Thorson, has come out as gay. Thorson made his confession via a blog post titled 'Seeing Through the Fog'.
In the post Thorson tells how he struggled for years juggling his sexual identity with his public persona he hoped by coming out online he could put those days behind him once and for all.
Thorson told Outsports his blog post was a long time coming.
"I had tried to write it many times before but just didn't have the right words to say," Thorson said. "I got home on Wednesday and wrote it out and thought it was fitting for this weekend, so I took the plunge. I was so nervous before I wrote it, but once I wrote it I was proud of writing it and it wasn't something I wanted to hide away anymore."
Thorson explained that once he wrote the post he felt an overwhelming sense of relief and he felt his anxieties lifted.
"As soon as I hit send, it all dissipated and I remembered that I had all of my friends and family who already supported me. It was a real relief afterward. Everyone who has reached out have been nothing but supportive. I should have expected that all along."
Thorson now lives in San Francisco, where he plays with the Fog rugby team, (Mark Bingham’s former team).
You can read his post below:
I've been told many times that the process of coming out is cathartic. Yet since coming to terms with my sexuality, I found it arduous and unnecessary. At least that's what I kept telling myself. So today, I'm putting it in writing and not looking back.
I'm also an athlete. For years, I struggled to unite these two identities in my own mind. Not until after my professional athletic career came to an end did I allow myself to understand my sexuality. Now, three years later, I'm finally ready to share that with people.