Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe says he's happy to be named an honorary gay.

In an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, Kluwe, 31, said he believes his activism is helping to create an environment in the NFL where someday a gay player will feel comfortable enough to come out.

“I think it's more a distraction issue,” Kluwe answered on why there were no out NFL players. “In that it's so hard to make it to the NFL – it's maybe one percent of one percent of everyone who plays high school football will even have a chance in the NFL. So, it's one of those things where you look at it and, 'You know maybe I can put up with this for four years, five years, make my money and then once I'm done, you know, then I can be who I really am.'”

“Hopefully, the stuff that Brendan's [Ayanbadejo] doing, that guys like Scott Fujita and Connor Barwin of the Texans and, you know, that I'm helping out is to create an environment where one day a player will feel, 'I can be who I am. I don't have to hide who I am. And it won't affect my football playing, because I'm here to play football.'”

Kluwe added he felt good about being named an honorary gay for his advocacy by Out magazine. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)