Jon Gruden on Carl Nassib: What makes a man different makes him great

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Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is the latest among the NFL community to express support for defensive end Carl Nassib amid his decision to announce he is a gay in a social media posting on Monday.

I learned a long time ago what makes a man different is what makes him great,” Gruden said, via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com.

Nassib, who played his first season with the Raiders under Gruden last year, made the decision to publicly announce his orientation in a post to his instagram account.

Raiders owner Mark Davis, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and many players across the league have also expressed public support for Nassib following his announcement.

Nassib is the first active NFL player to publicly disclose he is gay, though several players have made their orientations known after their playing days were over. Michael Sam spent time with the St. Louis Rams in 2014 after being drafted in the seventh round but he never appeared in a regular season game.

Nassib, 28, has played five NFL seasons with the Raiders, Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He started five games for the Raiders in 2020, recording 28 tackles, an interception and 2.5 sacks.

14 responses to “Jon Gruden on Carl Nassib: What makes a man different makes him great

  1. Al Davis was heard rolling over in his grave ….

    Courageous by Carl, but I didn’t have any need or desire to receive this personal info … along with the inevitable hearing about it at least a million more times in the next year.

    Thanks Carl.

  2. More and more ppl kill themselves because they can’t tell people about their sexual orientation.
    I applaud Carl Nassib

  3. Al Davis was heard rolling over in his grave …
    ————

    Al hired the first female exec, first Black head coach, drafted a Hispanic QB (and later made him head coach), drafted first 1st round Black QB, drafted players from multiple HBCUs, signed a ‘washed up’ Native American QB (and won a couple titles with him), refused to put his players up in segregated hotels, and generally had a reputation for reclamation projects, rejects and guys with “personalities” and let them be them.

  4. lewsblues says:
    June 22, 2021 at 1:28 am
    Al Davis was heard rolling over in his grave ….

    Courageous by Carl, but I didn’t have any need or desire to receive this personal info … along with the inevitable hearing about it at least a million more times in the next year.

    Thanks Carl.

    _______

    Didn’t even get three comments in before someone made this about themselves and their feelings.

  5. Well, you didn’t hear about it, you read it. So, don’t read it if you don’t want to know. Open your mind, free your soul.

  6. @lewsblues — I completely respect your point of view about personal information, but you clearly have no idea who Al Davis was.

    Al Davis’s life was a victory for outsiders, for inclusion. Al Davis hired the first Latino head coach, first African-American head coach, first female NFL executive, etc. Davis was ahead of his time and the fact that this player announced this as a member of the Raiders would only further ignite the Raider brand.

    That’s why the term “Raider Nation” was the first of its kind… and the rest of sports followed suit. Because everyone wants to be part of a family that accepts all.

  7. lewsblues says:
    June 22, 2021 at 1:28 am
    Al Davis was heard rolling over in his grave ….

    Courageous by Carl, but I didn’t have any need or desire to receive this personal info … along with the inevitable hearing about it at least a million more times in the next year.

    Thanks Carl.
    ————————————————————————-
    I do understand your post, but I believe he did it more for himself than you & to help those who struggle to be that brave or let them know it’s ok to be honest with yourself & others even if it’s something they didn’t need to know…. It’s about tolerance & acceptance in a part of the world that seems to struggle with that for some reason still…..

  8. “I learned a long time ago what makes a man different is what makes him great,” Gruden said…

    I really don’t care if an NFL player is gay, straight, bi or asexual.

    It’s there own choice to make.

    But just being different doesn’t make anyone “great”, Mr. Gruden.

    I don’t see any need to hide your sexuality, but also don’t think it’s necessary to flaunt it.

  9. Only a fringe cares- some people will think its the greatest thing ever, a few will think he its the end of masculinity or whatever. 85% of the people wont give a crap about his sexual orientation until reminded about it by some crappy announcer 47 times every game. In the end, if it makes him feel like he doesn’t need to be scared of being outed or whatever, all good.

  10. Oh look, hearing someone is gay bothers people. Says more about the one listening than the one talking…

  11. It’s a bigger story than it should be. How many people don’t have someone in their extended family or a friend that is openly gay? There are a lot more gay players than just Carl in the NFL. In years, it will be a non story like it is now in most of the larger workplaces.

  12. Just reading the responses and comments of certain people ion this article shows why Nassib needed to come out and defend a cause he feels identifies him and needed more vocal support. Clearly stated him coming out was a gesture of support towards the LGTQ community and against the intolerance still rampant in our country about these issues.

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