With NBA player Jason Collins coming out as the first openly gay, active athlete in the major four sports last month, the debate over whether the NFL was ready for an openly gay player was reignited. The league’s all-time leading rusher, Emmitt Smith, frankly isn’t sure.
“It’s still taboo,” Smith said, per the Dallas Morning News. “I don’t know if the NFL is ready for it or not. I mean, it’s not for me to even say. Bottom line is, you are who you are, do what you do."
“The bottom line: Can you block this left tackle? Can you catch this pass? Can you make a tackle when I need you to make a tackle? That’s it.”
Former Cowboys defensive lineman Tony Casillas said recently that he “knew” there were gay players on the early 90s teams, on which he and Smith won Super Bowls.
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