Another barrier for equality in sports has been taken down, as Arizona State offensive lineman Chip Sarafin has come out publically as gay.
He is believed to be the first openly gay player to be currently competing in the highest level of college football.
In a story appearing in the August 2014 edition of Compete magazine, the redshirt senior says he came out to his Arizona State teammates last spring.
“It was really personal to me, and it benefitted my peace of mind greatly,” he told Compete’s Joshua Wyrick, while Wyrick wrote that Sarafin told his teammates “mostly for himself because he wanted them to hear it straight from him instead of the college rumor mill that all players find themselves subjected to at some point.”
According to his profile on ASU’s football website, Sarafin did not play his redshirt freshman or sophomore year, while he played on special teams in 2013, also adding depth to the offensive line. He is listed at 6’6” and 320 pounds.
Sarafin has earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering and is currently working towards a master’s degree.