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President Biden Shouts Out Carl Nassib For Coming Out, Inspiring ‘Countless Kids’

Support for Penn State football legend Carl Nassib is still going strong after he came out Monday and became the first openly gay active NFL player.

This time, President Joe Biden (or, well, one of his aides) took to Twitter to congratulate Nassib and NWSL player Kumi Yokoyama, the latter of whom recently came out as a transgender man.

“I’m so proud of your courage,” Biden said on Twitter. “Because of you, countless kids around the world are seeing themselves in a new light today.”

Biden’s shoutout is far from the first kind message Nassib’s received this week. James Franklin, current and former teammates, and even personalities like ESPN’s Mina Kimes quickly and strongly applauded Nassib’s courage and character.

In his announcement, Nassib emphasized the importance of representation and visibility. He also said he will donate $100,000 to The Trevor Project, a suicide prevention organization for LGBTQA+ youth.

“I hope one day that videos like this and the whole coming out process are just not necessary,” Nassib said. “But until then, I will do my best and my part to cultivate a culture that’s accepting and compassionate.”

Although Nassib is the first openly gay player in today’s NFL, he’s far from the first in the league’s history. Former St. Louis Ram Michael Sam made history by coming out ahead of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Nassib left Happy Valley in 2015 after putting up a record-breaking 15.5 sacks that season. He currently plays defensive end for the Las Vegas Raiders, and let’s hope he stays there. His Raiders jersey is currently Fanatics’ top-selling NFL jersey.

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