A day after popping out as homosexual, Raiders defensive finish Carl Nassib has the NFL‘s top-selling jersey throughout the Fantatics community the previous two days, based on ESPN’s Adam Schefter. In reality, a number of sizes of Nassib’s No. 94 jersey have already offered out on the Fanatics web site.
The information comes lower than a day after Nassib turned the primary lively participant in NFL historical past to come back out as homosexual. Nassib follows within the footsteps of former Rams defensive finish Michael Sam, who by no means performed in a regular-season sport after changing into the primary brazenly homosexual participant to be chosen within the NFL Draft in 2014. Nassib additionally introduced that he was donating $100,000 to The Trevor Mission, a confidential disaster assist service for LGBTQ youth.
“I have been that means to do that for some time now, however I lastly really feel snug sufficient to get it off my chest,” Nassib mentioned on his Instagram account. “I actually have the most effective life. I’ve bought the most effective household, pals and job a man may ask for.”
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Together with thanking his household and pals, Nassib thanked the NFL, coaches and gamers for his or her assist whereas feeling “the utmost respect and acceptance.” Together with varied present and former NFL gamers (an inventory that features former Raiders nice Bo Jackson), NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell provided his assist of Nassib in a press release on Monday night time. The Raiders additionally provided their assist of Nassib by way of Twitter.
“I’m a lanky walk-on who resides his dream,” Nassib wrote on Instagram. “I solely have a small window to attain greatness in my sport and I owe it to my group, coaches, and Raider followers to be utterly locked in and at my finest for the upcoming season. I am a personal particular person, so I would ask the media to provide me some house as I navigate this thrilling time in my life. Please don’t take it personally if I decline an interview or am unable to reply your questions. Thanks everybody in your assist. Joyful Delight Month and Go Raiders.”
The sixty fifth general decide within the 2016 draft, Nassib spent his first two seasons with the Browns earlier than signing with the Buccaneers, the place he recorded 12.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss over a two-year span. The previous Penn State standout tallied 28 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 5 passes defended and his first profession interception throughout his first season with the Raiders.