June 6th, 2012
10:38 AM ET

Gay former NFL player Wade Davis: 'I became a great actor'

Wade Davis didn't come out as gay while he was playing in the NFL - "I became a great actor," he said - but "if I had to do it all over again, I would come out."

Davis recently told the story of his double-life to OutSports.com, and said he now realizes the positive impact an openly gay athlete could have on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. In his job now, he works with LGBT kids, he told Soledad O'Brien on CNN's "Starting Point" - and it's the best job he's ever had.

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  1. GMAN21

    What position did he play? Tight End or Wide Receiver?

    July 3, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jason

    Sadly he probably would have been beat up, the depravity of man is always lurking under the thin veneer of "niceness" until your problems affect me

    June 16, 2012 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
    • TheKidDuke

      Guess what, straight men, real men, don't wan't someone in the locker room with them, watching them naked, thinking about them etc. And don't give me the BS that he wasn't doing that. Just as you put a man in a locker room with naked athletic men, they will be looking every chance they get, so will a gay man in a room with naked men.

      And if I ever caught a gay man looking at me up and down, I'd break his jaw for him.

      As straight people we shouldn't have to have all this gay this, gay that shoved down our throats everywhere I look.

      Gays are 99% a mockery of civilization unfortunately. 1) they aren't women – so quit the Fing girlfriend talk etc. 2) They prance around acting they they are the end all knowledge of "girlish" matters. Guess what, I'd rather wear black then a pink shirt, and tight jeans. Sorry. 3) Go to any "pride" parade and see why the gay lifestyle is a disgusting nuisance.

      Just as the black community is 90% (notice I say 90% only) is in general a blight on the way its looked at by civilized society with the saggin jeans, hip hop culture or womanizing, drugs, clubs violence etc., gays prancing around in bottomless chaps and leather lathering eachother up in a parade is equally a blight.

      Act like normal people, talk like men – your not girls.

      July 3, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • TheKidDuke

        Umm sorry i meant men in a womens locker room vs a gay man in a mens locker room. Cheerio old chaps.

        July 3, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |

    Jesus saves.

    June 13, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |

      Why do you keep erasing my posts CNN? You going to give some notification about what it is I am saying that offends you so much because I would say the stuff you have left here is much more controversial. My you keep erasing is actually pretty agreeable to others opinions. So what is the problem?

      June 14, 2012 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
      • LL

        What posts have they deleted? I've been reading all of your posts and they are quite interesting. :). Keep Preaching!

        June 14, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
      • PPLRWRD

        See, I responded to your post with what they are deleting and they deleted it. I think it is becaus what I was saying had no possible arguement against it and challenged people to be truthful with themselves and said that I agree, I am in no place to judge them. CNN can't handle that. Shame, I thought they were fair and honest. Oh, that must be Fox News.

        June 15, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joel

        Because they're (or at least the first post of this thread) not germane. Please stick to the topic at hand.

        June 16, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      of course he says that now, he needs some publicity

      June 16, 2012 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
      • teletubbielover

        Maybe he wants to be our next President.

        June 19, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dolcepinga

      Posting numerous messages on a cnn blog is SURELY going to do alot of good. Keep up the hard work brother!

      June 17, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
      • teletubbielover

        Why thank you Master.

        June 19, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Say it louder

    I can say with certainty i have watched this game for a long time and i could really careless what your personal preferences are off the field. Would this have made you a better player? NO Would you have broken new boundaries and set up a social conversation that could spark change in the US as a whole? NO. So quit with the whole everyone must really be interested i like men after a lengthy career running around chasing and holding them on national tv. None of us are surprised.

    June 13, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. south4evr

    I'll bet he loved the locker room!!! HOW RUDE!!;-P

    June 13, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. Xavier

    Its the principal of the matter and how he feels, chill out people! Learn how to enjoy and article and move on. Everybody is bullied, its very sad to see how bad its gotten to be.

    June 12, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. braskysob

    Saying this guy was an NFL player is like saying a guy who played Single A baseball was a Major Leaguer.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael Mahair Sr

      Ouch, that's kind of harsh coming from someone who I assume never earned the right to be part of a major sports league. You are part of the team if you are the star player or the bench warmer. Would his story somehow mean more if he was a big name player?

      June 13, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |

    I don't tell everyone that I am straight. Actually, I can't think I have ever announced it. So what makes Gay's feel it is an obligation to announce their orientation? Who cares. It is this probably more then anything that is starting to annoy people with the gay movement. I bet most people could care less if someone is gay or not. But their insistent need to talk about it is what is bothersome.

    June 11, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lola

      The difference is that there isn't a whole movement of people trying to make "straightness" and "straight marriage" illegal, and straight kids aren't bullied in school for being straight. I assume you know this, and you're just trying to make an immature point.

      June 11, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • PPLRWRD

        Oh give me a break. Are gays being bullied. Absolutely, but no more then the geek with tape on his glasses or the skinny white guy in a predomenantly black or hispanic school. So get over yourselves. Try being a Christian in Iran. Or a Jew in Eygpt. Then you can talk to me about bullying. But you guys are hanging onto history. The only person who gets looked down upon no and days when the topic of gueers comes up is the person critisizing it. So get over it. Bullying has been and always will be around as long as someone thinks they are stronger then something they decide not to like. It has nothing to do with gays or anything else. As for your "large group fighting it." That is called morale standards that people are trying to instill. Christians believe in one set, Athiest in another, Gays in another. Each is trying to get what they want instilled in government and law. That is called the democratic process, not bullying.

        June 12, 2012 at 4:39 am | Report abuse |
    • ptsdLOADING

      So, is that it? Is that why we have racism? Because people think they are stronger then they decide not to like it? Why not get with the program and treat everyone equally??? Bullies just like racists are weak because they make a conscious choice to turn others just because they are not the same.

      June 12, 2012 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob M.

      Because I doubt some people want to ridicule, prevent you from marrying or even kill you because of who you love. How many straight teens kill themselves because they are afraid to let people know they are straight ? I don't think ANY....yet look at the rate of suicide for gay teens............people need role models, especially in areas like sports where it is harder being gay. And if you are married and talk about your wife, that is telling people you are straight. So how come if a gay man mentions his partner that is coming out? You are missing the whole reason he is coming out dude............

      June 13, 2012 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
      • PPLRWRD

        You obviously have never left American soil.

        June 13, 2012 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
      • PPLRWRD

        Go tell people you are a White Christian Male in many countries, see how quick your death sentence comes to a conclusion.

        June 13, 2012 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
      • PPLRWRD

        Oh, and as a Christian when I say I think you are wrong for being gay I mean I think you are as wrong as the dude cheating on his wife, not that I hate you. Just like when you say you think I am wrong on my opinion about gays does't mean you hate me, it means you don't agree with my view point. Or, do you hate me because I disagree with you?

        June 13, 2012 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
    • LL

      Totally Agree!!!

      June 14, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. Zfactor

    I applaud the courage. However – 3 preseasons and a stint with the Euro's doesn't make him an NFL player.

    June 11, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |

      Courage, for announcing he is gay. That is not couragous. To be gay in today's world is about as couragous as being a banker or accountant. Real courage is the men and women in uniform that serve our nation as soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, firefighters, and policemen. They are the ones who are often critisized and looked down upon by their peirs and the leaders of this nation while they are sent into harms way for those very people. Being gay is so widely accepted in todays world announcing it is an annoyance, not a badge of honor.

      June 11, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bob M.

        peers not peirs

        use that GI bill for some secondary ed my friend
        and I am proud to be gay it makes me more compassionate, just as I appreciate our servicemen and woman

        June 13, 2012 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
      • PPLRWRD

        Bob, you being compasionate has nothing to do with you being gay. It has to do with you. Just like their are a lot of jerk gays their are nice straight and jerk straight. There are nice Christians and jerk Christians. Nice Muslims, jerk Christians. Oh, and telling me to get a secondary education with my GI Bill is an assumption because I never said I was in any uniform and secondly not very compassionate. I do appologize that I didn't use spell check. Just throwing down my ideas and hiting post. No proof reading going on hear. Didn't know I was being graded. I do find it funny though that when people can't argue anything intelligent they go straight for the spelling.

        June 13, 2012 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
      • PPLRWRD

        there are nice muslims and jerk muslims is what I meant to say.

        June 13, 2012 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
      • PPLRWRD

        Decided to look back on what I wrote in case their was any grammatical errors for you Bob, because I am compasionate too. Unfortunately their is not edit option.

        June 13, 2012 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
      • LL

        PPLRWRD... I've read most of your posts on here, and I'm with you 100%. Preach!!!!

        June 14, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. not2blue

    Actor or liar?

    June 11, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |

      Who cares? If I announced I was straight do you think people would be asking "actor or liar?" Keep your bedroom habits to yourself, straight or gay.

      June 11, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Really

        You don't have to walk around shouting that your straight because it's assumed that you are. Just like people assumed that Wade was straight. if he stated any different in the locker room he would have he would have been treated differently hands down.

        June 14, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • teletubbielover

      We've had a few of those in the White House.

      June 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joe Montana

    Go wade

    June 11, 2012 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. Joe Montana

    Good job wade

    June 11, 2012 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. AD

    Right on Wade 🙂

    June 10, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Erinn

    Regardless of who this man is, what he is doing is fantastic. Just because you don't know his name doesn't mean he shouldn't be recognized for his great work. It is important that the LGBT youth in this country have a positive role model and what he is doing is showing anyone can do anything with hard work and dedication. Keep your negative comments to yourself. It makes you sound ignorant.

    June 9, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • dave

      So called LGBT youth need serious counseling and spiritual/ parental redirection, not athelete hero/ spokesmen.
      You have been brainwashed and misled.

      June 9, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • JStone

        They don't need counseling. They just need to be accepted.

        June 9, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • kathryn

        really Dave, usually those that judge are the ones most conflicted. Congrats to Wade

        June 10, 2012 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |

      What I don't get is we cry for equal rights for all race, colors, creeds yet we keep segregating them by those very categories. Why does he have to be a positive roll model for LBGT groups? Why not for everyone? Why does his orientation matter at all? Is Jerry Rice or Joe Montana a "positive roll model for straights?" No, they are just positive roll models. As this guy should be for everyone, gay or not. Being gay is not special. It is as special as being anything other orientations. Isn't that what the movement is seeking, or do they have a higher agenda?

      June 11, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Saputra

      Mike MacMillan:Nothing increases life span and quaitly more than raising the standard of living, and nothing is more closely correlated with that than energy usageThey, the Caviar leftist, donb4t want it because as long as there is poverty they can profit on it as parasites.All this propaganda on global warming/climate change it is just unbelievable; what do they want from us?. Unless their Gaia Goddess retaliates and freeze them as the mammoths in the siberian tundra, this could lead to revolutions and/or wars with more deaths that those predicted by the UN secretary.

      November 15, 2012 at 4:20 am | Report abuse |
  15. magnificentmaurice

    truly a man's man!!!

    June 7, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  16. obamaliar

    Soledad gets all the great interviews

    June 7, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Ralphie


    June 7, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really

      How can that be if it's not a sin?

      June 14, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Betsy

    Is this news? Never heard of the guy.

    June 6, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juanmom

      Why did you read the story if he's such an unknown?

      June 9, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • cleo

      And we never heard of you.

      June 10, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  19. NateOLYWA

    Wade who?

    June 6, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • cleo

      Nate who? Oh Look You're Wholly Average

      June 10, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • PPLRWRD

        You know who else was average, George Washington. Read any of the English elites opinions of him during that day and age.

        June 13, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
      • teletubbielover

        We talking sports or politics here? Did George play ball?

        June 19, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |