The Arizona State Sun Devil’s have a powerhouse linebacker by the name of Edward “Chip” Sarafin, and not just because of his skills on the field.
He also holds a degree in biomedical engineering, is pursuing a masters in the same field and all the while is preparing for his MCATs.
And he just came out of the closet in a very public, very casual way.
In a feature for gay sports magazine Compete, Sarafin almost seems to brush off his coming out as a side note. And with everything he’s involved with from athletics to academics, it actually is.
He began telling his teammates last Spring, saying, “It was really personal to me. It really benefitted my peace of mind greatly.”
And by omission, it seems that nobody seemed to have much of a problem with it. Or if they did, Sarafin certainly doesn’t seem concerned.
Asked what makes a good role model, he said, “Someone who gives back to everyone and loves his family…that’s the type of man I want to be.”
Looks like you’re well on your way, Chip.