Gay Kicker Could Be First Out Football Player
Former Middle Tennessee State kicker Alan Gendreau came out publically this week in an interview with OutSports’ Cyd Zeigler. The all-time leading scorer in Sun Belt Conference history is looking to rewrite the books once again by hopefully earning a spot on an NFL roster, making him the first openly gay man in professional football.
Once a heralded recruit, a disappointing senior year left Gendreau off the radar of NFL scouts. His foot and his drive and determination to make it pro will be what decide his fate, not his sexual orientation. “Super Agent” Leigh Steinberg told Zeigler that Gendreau’s orientation will “not matter one bit.”
“The only thing that matters is if he can put that ball between those goal posts,” Steinberg said. “If he can do that, and if he can do it consistently, he’ll have a shot at the NFL.”
In the year since he last played in a game, Gendreau told Zeigler he has kept himself in top shape. With the NFL draft this Thursday, Gendreau admits he’s about a month away from being in optimal condition, but a smart diet and workout regimen will get him there.
“Right now, looking back when I’m 40, I can’t say I gave it my best shot,” Gendreau said. “I can’t say I really tried to make it into the NFL. Last year I did it half-assed. If I don’t give it everything I have now, I’ll regret it for the rest of my life.”