Arizona State offensive lineman Edward
“Chip” Sarafin has come out gay.
The announcement makes Sarafin the
first openly gay active Division 1 football player.
Sarafin told gay sports glossy Compete
that he started coming out to teammates last spring.
“It was really personal to me, and it
benefited my peace of mind greatly,” the fifth-year senior said.
Sarafin, who has yet to play in a game,
graduated from Arizona State with a degree in biomedical engineering
last year and is currently enrolled in the school's master's program.
Arizona State athletic director Ray
Anderson issued a statement of support.
“The entire athletics department is
extremely proud of Chip and is unequivocally supportive of him,”
Michael Sam, the NFL's first openly gay
player, also tweeted encouragement: “Congratulations Chip Sarafin
for having the courage to be yourself. Wishing you and your
teammates much success this season. #courage2014.”