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Retired NFL player Jeff Rohrer comes out as gay man and he’s marrying his boyfriend this weekend

Kudos to former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jeff Rohrer who has come out publicly in interviews with Outsports and The New York Times.

Rohner, 59, will marry his boyfriend of two-plus years, Joshua Ross, on Sunday.

Over the course of his six seasons in the NFL, Rohner started 41 games for legendary Cowboys coach Tom Landry. He racked up 7.5 sacks and four fumble recoveries, all in his final four seasons.

“I’m sure there’s going to be some people out there who have a negative reaction to this,” Rohrer told The Times, “and I’m fine with it.”

“If I had told the Dallas Cowboys in the 1980s that I was gay, I would have been cut immediately,” he added. “It was a different world back then, people didn’t want to hear that.”

When asked why it took him so long to reveal his truth, Rohrer said, “people are born gay, as I was, though being gay was just something that had no place during the course of my football life.

“But when I got divorced, I said the hell with it, I’m going to do what I’ve always wanted to do,” he said. “Then I found Josh, and began to openly live the life I was born to live.”

FILE UNDER: Coming Out, Sports

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