Actor Eric Stonestreet on Wednesday said out professional athletes Michael Sam and Jason Collins are having an impact on society.

Openly gay athletes will someday be considered common, Stonestreet predicted.

“It's going to be considered common,” he told the AP. “It's not going to feel taboo, and people are not going to feel they need to be closeted or keep their sexuality a secret because of other people's opinions.”

Stonestreet, who plays a gay man raising a daughter with his husband on ABC's Modern Family, added: “Times are changing and Jason Collins, Michael Sam and those guys who have come out are most definitely having an impact with society.”

Sam is the NFL's first openly gay player, while Collins is the NBA's first.

“We have gay athletes in professional sports. There's no way around it. There's no doubt that that's true, and anybody who doesn't think there's gay athletes in professional sports doesn't understand basic sociology,” Stonestreet added. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)