Following Jason Collins' coming out in Sports Illustrated, former college football star Kevin Grayson has also come out as gay, and wants to let young players know their sexuality doesn't have to limit them.
“Just because you’re gay doesn’t mean you can’t be the athlete you want to be. Doesn’t mean you can’t be a star. Doesn’t mean you can’t go out there and go just as hard as anybody else, if not harder,” Grayson said in an interview with WTVR in Richmond, Va.
Though an injury kept him from being drafted in 2011, Grayson was a decorated high school player, and as a wide receiver for the University of Richmond helped his team win the national title in 2008 and is second on the list of all-time receivers in receptions, yards and touchdowns. Grayson said he was reluctant to come out before because he didn't want his sexuality to be a source of distraction for his teammates, but has since changed his opinion.
“Why can’t I be an athlete? Why can’t I be a star player?” asks Grayson. “Why can’t I be the guy making plays that helps my team win, and still on the flip side, be a gay male?”
Watch the interview below.