Phoenix, AZ, United States (4E Sports) – Arizona State offensive lineman Edward “Chip” Sarafin became the first active Division I college football player to admit being gay.
Sarafin told an Arizona-based LGBT sports publication that he first revealed his sexual orientation to teammates this past spring.
“It was really personal to me and it benefited my peace of mind greatly,” said Sarafin about telling his teammates.
Former Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL, tweeted his support for Sarafin.
ASU coach Todd Graham and vice president of athletics Ray Anderson also expressed their support.
“We are a brotherhood that is not defined by cultural and personal differences, but rather an individual’s commitment to the Sun Devil Way,” he said in a statement.
“The entire athletics department is extremely proud of Chip and is unequivocally supportive of him,” said Anderson.
The 6-foot-6, 320-pound Sarafin is currently enrolled in ASU’s graduate program for biomedical engineering. He has been involved in research for football-related concussions, and has been active in the community with youth sports and the Tillman Scholars program.