Jeff Rohrer has come out of the closet! The retired Dallas Cowboys linebacker is gay and he is getting married to Joshua Ross, he revealed in his latest interview published on Wednesday, November 14.
Jeff will become the first former or current NFL player in a same-sex marriage.
In the New York Times story, the sportsperson, 59, opened up about his sexual orientation for the first time.
He told the outlet, "I’m sure there’s going to be some people out there who have a negative reaction to this". He added, "and I’m fine with it".
Jeff played football in high school then at Yale University. After completing his graduation from the college, he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys and played for the Texas team from 1982 to 1989.
Jeff told the Times, "If I had told the Dallas Cowboys in the 1980s that I was gay, I would have been cut immediately. It was a different world back then, people didn’t want to hear that."
In fact, he says, football kept him for coming out as a gay for so long.
He said, “People are born gay, as I was, though being gay was just something that had no place during the course of my football life.”
He continued, "But when I got divorced, I said the hell with it, I’m going to do what I’ve always wanted to do, adding, "Then I found Josh, and began to openly live the life I was born to live."
Jeff is a once-married man who has two children from his ex-wife. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his fiancé Joshua.
According to the Times, Jeff and Joshua first met back in May 2015 when Rohrer was still "completely in the closet". He added, "And if not for Josh, I’d still be in there".
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