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“I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now,” the N.F.L. lineman said. He comes from a football family, was a standout at Penn State and has taught his teammates about personal finance.

Carl Nassib has played for three N.F.L. teams.
Carl Nassib has played for three N.F.L. teams. Credit... Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Published June 22, 2021 Updated June 25, 2021

Las Vegas Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib walked outside his home in West Chester, Pa., looked directly into his phone and did something that he said he hoped would one day no longer be necessary.

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In a few brief sentences, the 28-year-old Nassib came out as gay. The video clip he recorded and then posted to his Instagram account made him the first active N.F.L. player to do so.

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