Marcus Juhlin, a Swedish football player, has come out on the cover of gay glossy QX.

The 22-year-old Juhlin plays wide receiver for the Carlstad Crusaders.

Juhlin told QX that he was inspired to come out publicly by Michael Sam, the 24-year-old NFL prospect who if drafted would become the league's first openly gay player.

Juhlin is the first American football player in Sweden to come out gay.

QX editor in chief Anders Ohrman told Out magazine that reaction from teammates and the league has been supportive.

“They all support and respect him,” Ohrman said.

In December, Juhlin sent an email to QX stating: “Please help me come out of the closet and close that door once and for all.”

Juhlin said he came out in hopes he can help and inspire other people.