Terrell Suggs, other NFL players to put name on LGBT pride shirt

Gay equality in sports has been a transcending topic over the last few years, climaxing with Jason Collins’s announcement that he is gay. It has been highly debated whether a gay player would be accepted in an NFL locker room due to the stigma that the NFL is for straight, macho men. But the NFL, the NFL Players Association and some of its players, have taken the initiative to let the world know that they support the LGBT community.

According to ProFootballTalk, Terrell Suggs, along with outspoken linebacker Brendon Aynabadejo and Oakland Raiders punter Chris Kluwe, have put their names on a new line of T-shirts sold by the NFL Players Association.

CBSSports.com is reporting that the NFLPA is partnering with Athlete Ally, a nonprofit organization that fights homophobia in sports. The NFLPA will contribute all profits to the group.

Also lending his name to the shirts is former New Orleans safety and special teamer Steve Gleason. Gleason, who struggles with ALS said in a statement released by the NFLPA that he wants to support LGBT equality.

“It’s pretty simple for me, I believe all people are created equal, regardless of their sexuality. To promote respect and acceptance is an important role for NFL players and the NFLPA,” Gleason said.

Other players putting their name on the LGBT pride shirts include Conner Barwin, Domonique Foxworth, Scott Fujita, Chris Gocong, Donté Stallworth and Eric Winston.

This is a beautiful gesture by the NFL and the NFLPA. Well done.

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