Handsome former New England Patriots star Ryan O’Callaghan, who previously rocked the sports world by coming out as gay in 2017, looks to shake up the sport yet again. In his new autobiography, he claims he knows of more gay players in the league.
O’Callaghan’s new book My Life On The Line: How the NFL Damn Near Killed Me and Ended Up Saving My Life debuted in bookstores September 3, but already passages from it have caused a sensation. In addition to detailing O’Callaghan’s time in the NFL, he also says he knows of other LGBTQ players in the league.
“I can promise you there’s plenty of closeted NFL players,” O’Callaghan told Reuters. “I think it’s safe to say there’s at least one on every team who is either gay or bisexual. A lot of guys still see it as potentially having a negative impact on their career. … It’s going to take a high profile player who’s playing currently, coming out, to really make a difference.”
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I'm proud to announce my first book "My Life On The Line" is complete and available for pre-order from all major booksellers!! . After coming out publicly I was offered the opportunity to publish my story…so I took it! I saw this as a great way to reach those who need to read a story like mine and a fantastic opportunity to raise money for charity. 100 percent of my profits are going directly to The Ryan O'Callaghan Foundation (www.ROFDN.org) to benefit LGBTQ students, primarily athletes! . Please show your support and pre-order a copy today. *Release date is September 3, 2019* . @cydzeigler deserves special recognition because this would not have been possible without him! . #author #authorsofinstagram #nfl #football #akashicbooks #gay #lgbt #patriots #newenglandpatriots #instagay #charity #allforcharity #pleasebuythebook
O’Callaghan also discloses his struggles with painkiller addiction and depression, and how the team psychiatrist for the Kansas City Chiefs helped him come to terms with his sexuality. When he did come out, he had a warm reception from other players, including Kevin Faulk, Andre Tippett, Dan Koppen and Deion Branch. He also spent some one on one time with Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who told him “What you did took a lot of courage. I’m so proud of you.”
My Life On The Line: How the NFL Damn Near Killed Me and Ended Up Saving My Life hits bookshelves next week.