Chip Sarafin, Arizona State Lineman, Comes Out as Gay

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Chip Sarafin has become the first active Division I college football player to come out publicly as gay.

The Arizona State offensive lineman broke the news to Compete Magazine, but said he did so first to his teammates.

"It was really personal to me and it benefited my peace of mind greatly," Sarafin told the publication about telling his classmates and coaches that he's gay.

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Former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL, Tweeted his support of Sarafin last night.

"Congratulations Chip Sarafin for having the courage to be yourself," Sam wrote. "Wishing you and your teammates much success this season. #courage2014."

According to the reporter who conducted the interview, the 6’” lineman cited “Michael Sam as kind of the impetus for him reaching out."

Arizona State coach Todd Graham expressed nothing but support for Sarafin 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," Graham said. "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 he has full support from his teammates and the coaching staff."

Added Vice President of ASU Athletics Ray Anderson:

"The entire athletics department is extremely proud of Chip and is unequivocally supportive of him."

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