Freshman Football Player Found Total Team Acceptance From His Capital University Teammates

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Gay college football player Wyatt Pertuset is sharing his story of total locker room acceptance.

Pertuset shared that “My first year of college football was the time of my life,” in an article he penned for Outsports.

The student athlete grew up in a small town in Ohio and has played football since the third grade. Wrote Pertuset:

Freshmen and sophomore year of high school I knew I was gay, but the thought of anyone knowing that part of me was single-handedly the most terrifying thought in my head, especially growing up with a family full of farmers who weren’t really exposed to that kind of thing yet.

I was always terrified with the locker room talk that went on about gays and how gross they are and how wrong being gay is. Yes, that talk was there. It just pushed me further into the back of the closet.

Pertuset went on to write that he thought he would only come out after graduating high school and after his football days were behind him.

“Boy was I wrong.”

After coming out to a handful of people in his junior year of high school, he ended up being outed to the whole school.

“The football player was gay.”

But instead of diving back into the closet, Pertuset began wondering why he was trying to please everyone.

“The next day I came out and confirmed the rumors. After telling my friends and coaches and family, everyone was so accepting and loving that I just felt foolish for ever hiding who I am,” he wrote. “My teammates took it really well and didn’t treat me the slightest bit differently.”

Things just got better from there.

“My senior year came along, and I was determined to make the most of it. That year in school was the best year I have ever had. I was on the honor roll both semesters, I was named homecoming king and prom king, and I was also voted as our student body president for my final year.”

As a football player, he flourished.

“I set a goal to be one of the first openly gay athletes to get an All-State Honor for football in the state of Ohio. With wrapping up my final season I did just that. I was named to the first team All-Conference, First Team All-District and Special Mention All-Ohio.”

When it came time for college, Pertuset picked Capital University in Columbus.

“At camp that summer, I was way more nervous about having to tell my new teammates that I was gay. I was so worked up about it the night before that I even had the thought of just going straight back in the closet. I decided to not even mention it and just let them find out.”

But in a few days everyone knew. And guess what? It was fine.

“Everyone was so accepting. They treated me like family,” wrote Pertuset. “My first year of college football was the time of my life.”

And the footballer already has big plans for the new season.

“My goal for next season is to be one of the first openly gay football players in the NCAA to score a touchdown and receive an All-Conference honor.”

Finally, Pertuset offered some advice to closeted athletes.

“If you are in the closet and also an athlete and you’re reading this, I want you to know that coming out is not as scary as you make it out to be. It is the most relieving experience you’ll ever come to term with.”

“You finally get to be yourself and show people that the LGBT community knows how to play ball too.”