Princeton OL to be first openly gay college football player

In a world that is mostly ever-changing when it comes to accepting all races, religions and sexual orientations, it’s always great to hear of a person with some kind of status stepping up and not being afraid to admit who he or she is. That is what is happening with Princeton offensive lineman Mason Darrow.

According to College Football Talk, when the Princeton Tigers open their season on Saturday against Lafayette, Darrow will become the first openly gay person to play college football. It has been reported by that Darrow has been open to his team for nearly two years when he told teammate Caleb Slate about his orientation and news spread within the locker room.

Darrow kept his secret to himself until an in-depth profile came out on Tuesday.

Slate was 100 percent supportive of Darrow and he felt like the rest of the team should be as well.

“The only prerequisite to being on a football team is that you work hard. This isn’t going to bother people if you tell them,” Slate told Darrow.

Darrow told head coach Bob Surace over the summer that he wanted to go public with his sexual orientation and that he wanted to come out the week before the team’s opener. His coach was obviously supportive of Darrow.

“Here at Princeton, if we can’t handle this and say, ‘we’re supportive of everybody no matter what their background, religion, race or sexual orientation,’ then we don’t have the right guys in the locker room,” Surace said.”We’re going to support Mason 100%.”

Darrow is the most recent athlete to come out publicly as he follows former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam in revealing the secret. Sam, however, did not come out until after his college playing days were already over.

Surely, Darrow will experience a ton of flack from some of the more insensitive people in the world, both in and out of the college football spectrum, but there are more people that will support him. Count me as one of the latter.

Congratulations, Mason.

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