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Former NFL star says gay players average one per team

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Former New England Patriots footballer Ryan O’Callaghan is now a published author and in his new autobiography, he talks about coming out as an NFL star and suggests there are many other gay players in the sport; more than you might think. 

O’Callaghan made the decision to come out in 2017 convinced that once he did so people would not accept him, going so far as to say he would end his life once his career was over. Seeking help from a therapist he overcame those fears and now speaks openly about his struggles.

His book My Life On The LineHow the NFL Damn Near Killed Me and Ended Up Saving My Life will get a national release on September 3. 

Along with details of his own life, the former right tackle explains that there is an LGBT presence in the sport, but they remain hidden feeling as he once did. 

“I can promise you there’s plenty of closeted NFL players,” O’Callaghan told Reuters. “I think it’s safe to say there’s at least one on every team who is either gay or bisexual. A lot of guys still see it as potentially having a negative impact on their career. … It’s going to take a high profile player who’s playing currently, coming out, to really make a difference.”

O'Callaghan went on Instagram to brim with pride about his new title as author, and says all proceeds from the sale of his book will go to a good cause.

"After coming out publicly I was offered the opportunity to publish my story...so I took it," he writes. "I saw this as a great way to reach those who need to read a story like mine and a fantastic opportunity to raise money for charity. 100 percent of my profits are going directly to The Ryan O'Callaghan Foundation (www.ROFDN.org) to benefit LGBTQ students, primarily athletes!"

My Life On The LineHow the NFL Damn Near Killed Me and Ended Up Saving My Life will grace book stores and Amazon next week.