American footballer David Kopay made history when he came out of the closet in 1975. His story helped countless others come out of the closet. 30-years later, Kopay’s helping in a different way:
Kopay, the first NFL player to come out and author of the seminal 1977 autobiography “The David Kopay Story,” has made a $1 million testamentary pledge to the University of Washington, his beloved alma mater. Kopay hopes the pledge, to be used for at-need LGBT students, will spur others to donate to the David Kopay Endowment.
Of his well-endowed largess, Kopay says “the impetus, I think, was getting older, the idea about retiring and wanting to make a difference in this world.” Who says all jocks are dumb?