Arizona State Univ. O-Lineman Comes Out as Gay

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    Aug 13, 2014 11:06 PM GMT
    Way to go, Chip Sarafin. A smarty-pants, too!

    On his way to a master's in biomed engineering, working on designing a whole new football helmet.

    http://issuu.com/compete/docs/compete_august_2014/23?e=10470485/8872435

    Go Sun Devils!
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    Aug 14, 2014 2:57 AM GMT
    Symbolically this is a fairly major deal. But he's a fifth-year senior who "has yet to play in a game." It's not as though he can also be lauded as somebody who made great contributions on the field, unlike Michael Sam. What did he have to lose at this stage in his academic career, after four years warming the bench? I'm not looking to take away from him that it took a lot of guts to out himself in the rah-rah party-school atmosphere that is ASU. (Was he dating - or perhaps "more" - coeds to have it be a secret all this time?) To say nothing of the realities of football culture. By the same token, it's not as if a first-string BMOC quarterback had bailed from the closet. We're getting to that point, though, faster and faster.
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    Aug 14, 2014 2:20 PM GMT
    okonomiyaki saidSymbolically this is a fairly major deal. But he's a fifth-year senior who "has yet to play in a game." It's not as though he can also be lauded as somebody who made great contributions on the field, unlike Michael Sam. What did he have to lose at this stage in his academic career, after four years warming the bench? I'm not looking to take away from him that it took a lot of guts to out himself in the rah-rah party-school atmosphere that is ASU. (Was he dating - or perhaps "more" - coeds to have it be a secret all this time?) To say nothing of the realities of football culture. By the same token, it's not as if a first-string BMOC quarterback had bailed from the closet. We're getting to that point, though, faster and faster.


    One similarity I found with Sam was this player wanted to quash the on-campus guessing and gossip. Even if someone's not a star, or even a starter, the "Psst... there's a gay guy on the football team, pass it on!" prevails across a locker room and a "party-school" college campus until said gay guy confirms it for everyone. This young man wanted "to own my own truth," as Sam famously said. And he's doing it in his own way and at the matter-of-fact scale he finds appropriate.

    If he continues his current academic pursuit (the helmet research), his "contributions on the field" may one day eclipse Sam's without him ever taking a single snap.
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    Aug 14, 2014 2:30 PM GMT
    One error in the mag article is it says he's an Outside Linebacker. Somebody probably saw "OL" on his player page and assumed that's what it stood for. There are no 300-pound outside linebackers. There are, however, plenty of 300-pound Offensive Lineman.
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    Aug 14, 2014 2:53 PM GMT
    Boy, this guy argues with stereotype. Lots of them. Congrats to him and just one more step to a better world for all of us.
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    Aug 14, 2014 4:48 PM GMT
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    okonomiyaki saidSymbolically this is a fairly major deal. But he's a fifth-year senior who "has yet to play in a game." ... [Remainder of sour grapes deleted.]


    One similarity I found with Sam was this player wanted to quash the on-campus guessing and gossip. Even if someone's not a star, or even a starter, the "Psst... there's a gay guy on the football team, pass it on!" prevails across a locker room and a "party-school" college campus until said gay guy confirms it for everyone. This young man wanted "to own my own truth," as Sam famously said. And he's doing it in his own way and at the matter-of-fact scale he finds appropriate.

    If he continues his current academic pursuit (the helmet research), his "contributions on the field" may one day eclipse Sam's without him ever taking a single snap.


    Very nicely said! It's near-criminal that helmet design hasn't progressed to where it should be, and if Serafin is in the lead, more power to him for establishing that it was a gay footballer who made it happen.