Robbie Rogers says he would love to see more professional athletes come out gay.

In February, Rogers, 26, came out gay and announced his retirement from professional soccer in an online post. He came out of retirement last week, making him the U.S.'s first active openly gay male professional athlete. Rogers received a loud ovation from the stands as he took the field in his Los Angeles Galaxy debut.

In an appearance on CBS This Morning, Rogers said that he had felt that he had no one to turn to.

“I'd just keep it to myself. I had that much fear that if I told people that maybe I wouldn't be able to play the sport. That other people would find out without me being able to tell them. So I wouldn't tell anyone, you know. … I had so much fear that someone would find out. I was just really scared.”

When asked if he was encouraging others to come out, Rogers answered that “I would be a hypocrite if I pressured people into coming out because it took me a while.”

“But I think that's what I would love is that different athletes come out and they could reach middle America, because they are the heroes, in Tennessee or in different areas as basketball and football and baseball players. Soccer is getting bigger, it's the biggest one in the world but not in the United States, so my platform isn't as big as these guys. So, I'd love that but I can't pressure them to do that.”