Alan Gendreau, seen here playing for the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders in 2011, could become the first openly gay player to compete in the NFL. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
(USA TODAY) -- Openly gay former Middle Tennessee State kicker Alan Gendreau is
making another run at NFL history, after a rocky senior season ruined
his shot at getting drafted or signed in 2012.
After a sabbatical from
the game, he's been preparing to try out for teams, with the hope of
catching on in the next few years. If Gendreau makes it, he would become
the first openly gay player to compete in the NFL.
Though Gendreau has a long road ahead of him, his record at MTSU
speaks for itself. He finished his college career with 255 points
scored, a Sun Belt Conference record.
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Current and former players are
optimistic he still has a shot to make the pros, and that his sexual
orientation won't pose a threat to his NFL eligibility.
"The NFL is a business, and they're going to make business decisions
above all else," former NFL player Wade Davis said. "They want the best
players who can help them win. If this kid can kick 50-yarders
consistently, then they'll have him. But if he can't, they won't. Him
being gay won't have anything to do with it."
You can read more about Gendreau' s path to the NFL in this fantastic Outsports profile.
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