Arizona State University backup senior offensive lineman Edward "Chip" Sarafin has come out. Outsports reports that Sarafin is the only known out player in major college football.
Sarafin told Compete magazine that coming out to his teammates was "really personal for me and it benefited my peace of mind greatly." His coming out was met with support from teammates and Arizona State coach Todd Graham. Graham issued a statement saying,
"We are a brotherhood that is not defined by cultural and personal differences, but rather an individual's commitment to the Sun Devil Way. Chip is a fifth-year senior and a Scholar Baller, a graduate and a master's student. His commitment to service is unmatched and it is clear he is on his way to leading a successful life after his playing career, a goal that I have for every student-athlete. Diversity and acceptance are two of the pillars of our program, and he has full support from his teammates and the coaching staff."
The university's athletic director, Ray Anderson, also voiced his support:
"The entire athletics department is extremely proud of Chip and is unequivocally supportive of him. His undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering, his pursuit of a master's in the same field, his research involving football-related concussions, and his heavy involvement in the community with both youth sports in Arizona and the Tillman Scholars embodies all the characteristics that set our student-athletes apart and allows our university to maintain an environment of inclusiveness and progression."
Openly gay St. Louis Rams player Michael Sam also tweeted his support:
Congratulations Chip Sarafin for having the courage to be yourself. Wishing you and your teammates much success this season. #courage2014— Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) August 13, 2014