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Edward Sarafin Becomes The First Openly Gay Football Player In Division 1 History

| by Jonathan Wolfe

Arizona State offensive lineman Edward "Chip" Sarafin came out as gay yesterday, making him the first openly gay player in the history of Division 1 college football.

Sarafin made the announcement during an interview with Compete, a regional magazine in Arizona.

Arizona State coach Todd Graham issued a statement yesterday saying Sarafin has the full support of his coaches and teammates.

"We are a brotherhood that is not defined by cultural and personal differences, but rather an individual's commitment to the Sun Devil Way,” said Graham. "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 his has full support from his teammates and the coaching staff."

Michael Sam made headlines after coming out to the public earlier this year, but he didn’t do so until his college playing days were over. By making this announcement while still an active player, Sarafin becomes the first openly gay Division 1 football player in history. In April, UMass point guard Derrick Gordon came out as well, making him the first Division 1 basketball player to ever do so.