Another college football player has publicly announced that he’s gay. This time, it’s Arizona State University’s offensive lineman Edward “Chip” Sarafin.
The offensive lineman made his announcement in an interview with Compete Magazine, an Arizona sports magazine for the LGBT community, making him the first Division I college football player to announce their sexual orientation. Sarafin consulted with his team before conducting his interview with the magazine. Sarafin told the magazine that coming out was “really personal to me and it benefited my peace of mind greatly.”
Michael Sam--the first NFL player to publicly announce that he’s gay–congratulated Sarafin on his Twitter page “for having the courage to be yourself” and wished him and his team on a successful season.
So far, he’s received nothing but an outpouring of support from his coach, teammates and fans. ASU coach Todd Graham said in a statement that the fifth-year senior, graduate and master’s student is one of his team’s star players–and not just because of the work he does on the field. The coach also noted his academic work, and the fact that Sarfin already earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering while working with the football team: “His commitment to service is unmatched and it is clear he is on his way to leading a successful life after his playing career, a goal that I have for every student-athlete.” Furthermore, Graham added, “Diversity and acceptance are two of the pillars of our program, and he has full support from his teammates and the coaching staff.”