|06-05-2012, 01:41 PM||#1|
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Ex-NFL Player Wade Davis Talks Of Challenge Of Being Gay In Locker Room
Wade Davis works at the Hetrick-Martin Institute, which serves lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning youth in New York, if it seems like a unique occupation for a former NFL player, it probably is ... especially since Davis is one of those rare ex-players who's come out of the closet. The former cornerback's name isn't a well-known one, but Davis did attend training camps and even play in preseason games as a member of the Tennessee Titans, Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins from 2000 to 2003. He never stuck on a regular-season roster but did earn stints in NFL Europe with the Berlin Thunder and Barcelona Dragons. In interviews with OutSports and SBNation, Davis talked about the challenges of being closeted in an NFL locker room even as he grew close to heterosexual teammates like the Titans' Jevon Kearse and Samari Rolle. "You just want to be one of the guys, and you don't want to lose that sense of family," Davis told OutSports. "Your biggest fear is that you'll lose that camaraderie and family. I think about how close I was with Jevon and Samari. It's not like they'd like me less, it's that they have to protect their own brand."
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