D1 football gets its first openly gay player

Following in the cleat-prints of Michael Sam, Arizona State Sun Devils linebacker Edward “Chip” Sarafin announced this week that he was gay. He is the first active player in Division I football to publicly come out.

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Speaking with the Phoenix-based Compete Magazine, Sarafin told writer Joshua Wyrick the decision to be honest about his sexual orientation was “really personal,” and one that “benefited [his] peace of mind greatly.” Like Sam, whom Sarafin reportedly cited as an inspiration, the backup lineman came out to his teammates before reaching out the press.

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