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NFL executive Troy Vincent says he played with six openly gay players
NEW YORK — Missouri defensive end Michael Sam became a topic during a roundtable discussion with NFL executives and members of the Associated Press Sports Editors on Thursday.
With the draft in May approaching, Sam is set to become the first openly gay player in the NFL. But former NFL cornerback Troy Vincent, who was recently named the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, said he doesn’t envision Sam having many issues.
Vincent, who spent 15 seasons in the league from 1992 to 2006, said he played with six openly gay players. It just wasn’t made public. Vincent didn’t name the players, but said they were accepted.
“It’s up to those individuals to disclose publicly their sexual orientation,” Vincent said.
“They were players. We didn’t see them as anything different. We watched film together. We traveled together. They were our roommates on the road. We just performed as players. We didn’t look at them any differently.
“It’s that individual player’s opinion and perspective to share openly. But again we just played games. We played and practiced together and just won football games.”