Homophobia has been widespread in men's association football , also known as soccer, throughout the world. Journalist Matt Williams stated that being a gay professional player in football is still a taboo,  which journalist Simon Barnes has said will never change. Andy Brennan came out as gay in May , becoming the first openly gay male professional player in Australia. Richarlyson was named on Brazilian television as a homosexual by the manager of a rival team. When Richarlyson undertook legal action, the complaint was thrown out by the judge, who stated "football was a virile masculine sport and not a homosexual one.
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No active NFL player has ever declared his homosexuality publicly. Many NFL players have confessed being gay football players after retirement. In , Michael Sam a college football player publicly came out as a gay football player. He plays in the defensive end and is tipped to have a bright future. Many analysts believe, with his potential he will surely get his ticket to play with any National Football League NFL team.
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The few who do not are merely physical inadequates; the sporting underclass. It's certainly a common enough phenomenon, as those of us can testify who grew up under the impression that our role as "full-backs" consisted of leaning against the goalposts, in the manner of the great Nigel Molesworth, and discussing the higher things of life with the goalkeeper. But can it be the whole story?
This story is part of The Project, a Men's Health special project that explores the lives of 20 different year-old men across America. To learn more about the others, go here. After all, the world has changed, right? Despite what seems like a lot of progress, however, Bain was still a Missouri high school football player about to come out. When he was finished speaking, the crowd gave him a standing ovation.