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WATCH: Out NFL Hopeful Alan Gendreau Says He Just Wants To Play Ball

The watershed moment we’d hoped for failed to materialize. Earlier this week former Middle Tennessee State kicker Alan Gendreau revealed his hope to become the first player to enter the NFL  as gay. While he wasn’t selected during the three-day-long draft which ended Saturday, the 23-year-old and his many admirers remain optimistic about his future.

“There’s always pressure being the first anything, but at the end of the day it’s about football and winning games,” Gendreau told ABC in an interview last Friday.

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On:           Apr 28, 2013
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    • niles

      It is imbecilic to think that the NFL would choose someone just because they are gay.
      If he was serious about the matter, he would put his sexuality to the side and make
      it all about the sport – not his personal life and being “first”.

      Apr 28, 2013 at 11:18 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CleJoke

      Like they say there is no suck thing as bad publicity. Just look at how it helped Manti Te’o. Do the work, get the contract, then come out. duh.

      Apr 28, 2013 at 11:31 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jeff d

      Stay hopeful, Alan. As you know, kickers are NEVER chosen in the draft. (The Raiders made an exception years ago.) If you’re good enough, you’ll still have an opportunity to make it.

      Apr 28, 2013 at 11:45 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • bledoutcolor

      Ugh this guy again. I just cant he parsed to give a damn. Maybe once he grows some humility Ill pay more attention.

      Apr 28, 2013 at 11:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MarkH

      Such a cutie.

      Apr 28, 2013 at 2:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tardis


      That defeats the purpose, doesn’t it? He wanted to go in as a out player, not as a “Hey, surprise, I’m gay.”

      Apr 28, 2013 at 2:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jack

      honestly folks, i’m not even a fan of team sports but i read enough to know he wasn’t eligible for the draft, but instead would have to be picked from the crowd at a special camp for that purpose.

      Apr 28, 2013 at 3:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Gigi Gee

      “Back in college, his team mates treated him just like any other player.”

      Wow. Imagine. Gee, thanks guys. I look forward to a day when gay isn’t an issue.

      Re: “If he was serious about the matter, he would put his sexuality to the side and make
      it all about the sport – not his personal life…” Ya. It’d be soooo much better if he just stayed in the closet. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

      Apr 28, 2013 at 3:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kieran

      It should be emphasized here that Jeff Gendreau wanted to be the first OPENLY gay player to enter the NFL. He certainly wouldn’t be the first or last gay man playing in the NFL.

      Apr 28, 2013 at 4:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Hansolo

      He played at at a lower division school that did not get any press so he will have to prove himself. The only reason he has any press because he is gay hopefully he works hard and tries out for some teams other than that I will wait and honestly his a kicker…they don’t even practice with the regular team.

      Apr 28, 2013 at 4:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • miagoodguy

      Plain and simple: he just isn’t talented enough to be a pro kicker. It is a good publicity stunt though to get attention to himself. I wonde how long befoe he ties to become some kind of reality show star o an actor.

      Apr 28, 2013 at 4:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Avenger

      @miagoodguy: Agree. This joker is a mediocre media whoring opportunist trying to get press. I don’t trust him.

      Apr 28, 2013 at 4:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Badger88

      @Avenger: ATTENTION all gay athletes, actors, singers, and politicians: stay in the closet, because apparently coming out is what media-whoring opportunists do.

      Apr 28, 2013 at 5:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • balehead

      Another media whore looking for a reality series…next!

      Apr 28, 2013 at 5:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • balehead

      Maybe he should open a restaurant in a small canadian town to get more attention….

      Apr 28, 2013 at 5:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Badger88

      @balehead: From what I can tell, this guy has done ONE interview with OutSports, a site devoted entirely to news about gay athletes. Now, that single interview may have been picked up by several other news outlets, but it’s not because this guy is approaching reporters left and right, blathering about his story. It’s simply because those news sources saw the story on OutSports, thought it was interesting, and reposted it themselves.
      If I had to guess, you critics simply don’t like this man as a person, for whatever reason. Because if he had been somebody you did like, and he gave one interview about his orientation, you’d be praising him as brave. I can’t see what he’s done that’s any different from other coming out stories on Queerty, which haven’t received nearly as hostile of a reception from the readers here.
      And if you don’t like the man, that’s fine. But at least be honest about WHY you don’t like him.

      Apr 28, 2013 at 5:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Caleb in SC

      Business will do what is good for business. If he had game, he’d have been drafted.

      Apr 28, 2013 at 9:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jevonbellam

      uptil I saw the paycheck which had said $4722, I didn’t believe …that…my mom in-law woz like actually receiving money in there spare time from their computer.. there friend brother had bean doing this 4 only 21 months and at present paid the loans on their house and purchased a great Chevrolet. go to, FAB33.COM_only

      Apr 29, 2013 at 7:48 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DOFEK

      Fuck the NFL, VIVA Alan Gendreau. I am sure the “boys” in the shower love to have a nice tool like you do!. AdamHomo

      Apr 29, 2013 at 9:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CaptainFabulous

      Mmmm, he can play with my balls any day.

      Apr 29, 2013 at 12:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tardis


      Jebus, act a little mature, please.

      Apr 29, 2013 at 4:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dixie Rect


      I thought it was funny and on point. Lighten up!

      And say my screen name out loud 3 times fast, ok?

      Apr 29, 2013 at 7:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo

      Alan will be on a national sports team in due time. He’s a pro!

      Apr 29, 2013 at 9:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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