Gay NFL aspirant

  • GWriter

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    Apr 23, 2013 7:43 PM GMT
    It says he lives in DC, but I've haven't seen him around town. I would have noticed! Hehe
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/24/sports/ncaafootball/nfl-hopeful-announces-he-is-gay.html?_r=0
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    Apr 23, 2013 8:16 PM GMT
    Good luck to the young man. It's tough to get a team's attention after going undrafted and more than a year out of college. But there's always a few kicker tryouts every season.

    Gendreau was VERY smart to hang around the DMV area while Billy Cundiff was booting balls wide left and wide right. But Kai Forbath has the Redskins job locked down after replacing Cundiff and breaking the NFL record with 17 straight FGs to start a career, while Justin Tucker got the Ravens to a Super Bowl.

    Forbath went undrafted in 2011, and Tucker was undrafted last year. Both are good models for him.

    Gendreau might try heading south and getting the attention of the Carolina Panthers (right-wing owner but who isn't?). I'm not sure Graham Gano's job is safe down there.
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    Apr 23, 2013 8:44 PM GMT
    dayumm saidGood luck to the young man. It's tough to get a team's attention after going undrafted and more than a year out of college. But there's always a few kicker tryouts every season.

    Gendreau was VERY smart to hang around the DMV area while Billy Cundiff was booting balls wide left and wide right. But Kai Forbath has the Redskins job locked down after replacing Cundiff and breaking the NFL record with 17 straight FGs to start a career, while Justin Tucker got the Ravens to a Super Bowl.

    Forbath went undrafted in 2011, and Tucker was undrafted last year. Both are good models for him.

    Gendreau might try heading south and getting the attention of the Carolina Panthers (right-wing owner but who isn't?). I'm not sure Graham Gano's job is safe down there.
    He should try for the kickers job for the Buffalo Billsicon_lol.gif The Bills owner is very old and most likely doesn't give a shit about his natural sexual orientation.
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    Apr 23, 2013 9:07 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob said
    dayumm saidGood luck to the young man. It's tough to get a team's attention after going undrafted and more than a year out of college. But there's always a few kicker tryouts every season.

    Gendreau was VERY smart to hang around the DMV area while Billy Cundiff was booting balls wide left and wide right. But Kai Forbath has the Redskins job locked down after replacing Cundiff and breaking the NFL record with 17 straight FGs to start a career, while Justin Tucker got the Ravens to a Super Bowl.

    Forbath went undrafted in 2011, and Tucker was undrafted last year. Both are good models for him.

    Gendreau might try heading south and getting the attention of the Carolina Panthers (right-wing owner but who isn't?). I'm not sure Graham Gano's job is safe down there.
    He should try for the kickers job for the Buffalo Billsicon_lol.gif The Bills owner is very old and most likely doesn't give a shit about his natural sexual orientation.


    Or Giants. I heard Giants wanted Manti Te'o in its teams
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 23, 2013 9:18 PM GMT
    However, I would much rather that he tryout for the kickers job with the Chicago Bears. I am an avid bears fanicon_biggrin.gif
  • Nayro

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    Apr 23, 2013 9:22 PM GMT
    Cute guy! icon_smile.gif
  • metta

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    Apr 24, 2013 12:30 AM GMT



    A Potential Pioneer, Just Looking for a Job

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/24/sports/ncaafootball/nfl-hopeful-announces-he-is-gay.html

    Alan Gendreau, openly gay football kicker
    http://www.outsports.com/2013/4/23/4258758/alan-gendreau-openly-gay-kicker-nfl-football

    Thank you rzeznrz
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    Apr 24, 2013 2:59 AM GMT
    As posted on this topic in another forum ...

    I know Alan and he's a great guy first of all! Second of all, I think it is more important to emphasize that his teammates and the administration were supportive of him being gay. I think that is more telling than becoming the first gay athlete in the NFL.

    He was supported by his peers because he was a football player. Not because he was gay. Coach Stockstill (his football coach) always had his back and never let anyone say a damn word about his sexuality. That's the way it should be! It also helps the school is very gay friendly and has openly gay coaches, professors and staff members.

    The real question is... how does a team's fans deal with the situation? What if he ended up in Carolina? Would they be as accepting as a team in San Fran or NY? That is what I would be concerned about. Nonetheless, I wish Alan the best of luck! He is a great athlete, talented singer and MT's greatest place kicker in school history.

  • Apr 24, 2013 2:08 PM GMT
    he's cuteicon_redface.gif
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    Apr 24, 2013 2:14 PM GMT
    Great story and I hope he somehow does make the NFL. One who is gay and has worked in college football, it can be tough and he had a lot of courage.
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    Apr 24, 2013 2:18 PM GMT
    I hope the guy makes the NFL. I've got mixed emotions about him making his sexuality part of the story, or even a story at all. It's a distraction that could potentially derail his attempt to make it on a team. I'm not saying this is fair, it's just a reality.
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    Apr 24, 2013 2:29 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidI hope the guy makes the NFL. I've got mixed emotions about him making his sexuality part of the story, or even a story at all. It's a distraction that could potentially derail his attempt to make it on a team. I'm not saying this is fair, it's just a reality.


    In this case I think it helps him. If not for this story he wouldn't be getting any attention and the NFL is being pressured right now. A gay kicker is easier than let's say a gay QB.
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    Apr 24, 2013 2:48 PM GMT
    msuNdc said
    CuriousJockAZ saidI hope the guy makes the NFL. I've got mixed emotions about him making his sexuality part of the story, or even a story at all. It's a distraction that could potentially derail his attempt to make it on a team. I'm not saying this is fair, it's just a reality.


    In this case I think it helps him. If not for this story he wouldn't be getting any attention and the NFL is being pressured right now. A gay kicker is easier than let's say a gay QB.
    I want a gay tight end for the SNL jokes
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    Apr 24, 2013 3:01 PM GMT
    Best of luck to him! And he's been added to my "cookie jar" :-)
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    Apr 24, 2013 3:02 PM GMT
    I would rather see an existing play come out than an openly gay play joining the NFL. I think the impact for someone to have the courage to come out would show that society needs to move on and recognize that many gays surround us day to day without us even knowing it!

    Gendreau is a nice looking guy but then, of course he is….he's gay! icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Apr 24, 2013 4:07 PM GMT
    RadRTT said
    msuNdc said
    CuriousJockAZ saidI hope the guy makes the NFL. I've got mixed emotions about him making his sexuality part of the story, or even a story at all. It's a distraction that could potentially derail his attempt to make it on a team. I'm not saying this is fair, it's just a reality.


    In this case I think it helps him. If not for this story he wouldn't be getting any attention and the NFL is being pressured right now. A gay kicker is easier than let's say a gay QB.
    I want a gay tight end for the SNL jokes


    How 'bout a wide receiver (reflect realty a bit better)
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    Apr 25, 2013 3:15 AM GMT
    His old coach spoke out today...

    Rick Stockstill knew kicker Alan Gendreau was gay.

    The Middle Tennessee State coach said, though, that the place-kicker's sexual orientation did not affect his treatment of the player.

    “It was never an issue and I did not treat him any differently than any other player,” Stockstill told The City Paper on Wednesday. “Our players didn’t treat him differently. Alan was very professional in everything he did. He was a really good player for us. He was not a distraction whatsoever on this team. He was a football player. He was a student-athlete in my opinion.”

    http://nashvillecitypaper.com/content/sports/stockstill-says-gay-player-was-never-issue-mtsu

    The way it should be! I love Coach Stock. One of true coaches that gets it!


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    Apr 26, 2013 7:31 PM GMT
    After the clutch-the-pearls mania that followed Ayanbadejo's assertion that four active NFL players were planning to come out, plus the guessing games going on around Te'o, I wonder if having a rookie be the first wouldn't relieve some of the pressure.

    The first team that does it will be cheered in some quarters and vilified in others. It just cracks me up that one of the hottest names in women's basketball came out and (as the Times put it) the world shrugged, but even a relatively unknown aspirant is a big news story.

    As the campaign goes, if you can play, you can play. I'll be glad when this is the non-issue it deserves to be.