New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said that he would be accepting of a gay teammate.
It's time to give the NFL credit. Gay players are now protected from discrimination by the CBA, owners have been vocal advocates and there will be public service announcements during the Super Bowl.
Former defensive tackle Esera Tuaolo, who in 2002, three years after his retirement from the NFL, revealed that he is gay, was part of the panel in Monday evening's discussion with rookies highlighting diversity in the league.
To the unaware, Esera Tuaolo is just a "retired athlete" in the TV ad. But to those who know, he's much more.
A SportsNation survey indicates that pro athletes might have less trouble with fans than with teammates.
Former Packers safety LeRoy Butler, once a teammate of Esera Tuaolo, said Tuaolo made a good decision to keep his homosexuality a secret.
The New York Post reported Thursday that Esera Tuaolo, who played nine years in the NFL as a defensive lineman, will reveal he is gay in an interview to be shown Tuesday on HBO's "Real Sports."