Former Dallas Cowboys Linebacker Jeff Rohrer Comes Out as Gay

He is marrying his partner, Joshua Ross, this upcoming weekend.

Former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jeff Rohrer has come out as gay, and he will marry his partner of two years, Joshua Ross, this Sunday, November 18. He will be the first known former or current NFL player in a same-sex marriage.

Rohrer played in the NFL from 1982-1988 and is now a L.A.-based award-winning producer of TV commercials. His partner, Ross, is a skin-care expert and founder of SkinLab.

“I’m sure there’s going to be some people out there who have a negative reaction to this,” Rohrer told The New York Times, “and I’m fine with it.”

“If I had told the Dallas Cowboys in the 1980s that I was gay, I would have been cut immediately,” he continued. “It was a different world back then, people didn’t want to hear that.”

According to OutSports, over the course of his six seasons with the Cowboys “he started 41 games for legendary coach Tom Landry, racking up 7.5 sacks and four fumble recoveries, all in his final four seasons.”

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On Sunday a former #DallasCowboys #linebacker is getting married. To his boyfriend! Congrats goes out to #JeffRohrer and #JoshuaRoss! You can read the entire article on OutSports.com which is truly inspirational regardless of your sexual orientation. Really should read the entire article but here are a few excerpts: “So many nights I cried myself to sleep, feeling like I was the Wolfman, or Jekyll and Hyde, or Frankenstein, some kind of monster that only comes out when it’s a full moon, always living in the shadows.” My experience is that people are born gay, and anyone who wants to dispute that I’d be happy to have a conversation with them, including Mike Pence. I’d love to sit down with him.” ”The kindness of my friends and my family and my teammates” he said, his voice trembling, pausing between words, doing everything he could to express the sudden joy that enveloped his new gay life. “It’s just been fucking ridiculous how nice they have been, and how supportive. And how they don’t care about any of that. They just love me, they always have. Nothing’s changed. Nothing’s changed.” And that's how everyone should treat someone that comes out, whether they're 59, 39,19, or 9. This is the first instance of a known #gay #NFL player, former or current, marrying the same sex! #gay #gayfanofgayfootballplayers #football #tightend #widereceiver #splitend #manonmancoverage #RollTide @outsportsinspire

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Rohrer told OutSports that he used his upcoming wedding as a way to come out to some friends. When he sent out the invitations earlier this year some of them replied with “Oh, you’re so funny,” he told the sports site, adding that they thought it was just a joking way to invite them to his 60th birthday party.

“People are floored,” Rohrer said, after he explained to them it was not a joke. “I guess I was a really good actor.”

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