Arizona State Lineman Ed Sarafin announces that he is gay

In an interview with Compete Magazine, Arizona State OL Edward “Chip” Sarafin announced that he is gay.  In the story, Sarafin says that he actually

In the story the 6-foot 6, 320 pound lineman says that he came out to his teammates last spring but decided to make it public.  Chip added,

“it was really personal for me and it benefited my peace of mind greatly.”

Coach Todd Graham shared in a statement,

“We are a brotherhood that is not defined by cultural and personal differences, but rather an individual’s commitment to the Sun Devil Way.  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.”

Sarafin is the first active college football player at a Division I college football program to go public with his homosexuality. Michael Sam informed his teammates of his sexual orientation while he was still playing at Missouri, but did not come out publicly until after the 2013 season just before the NFL Draft.