First Openly Gay NFL Player Announces His Retirement At Age 30

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Carl Nassib, the trailblazing NFL player who made history as the first active player to come out as gay, has officially announced his retirement from professional football.

Nassib’s groundbreaking announcement in 2021 marked a significant milestone for the NFL and LGBTQ+ community, receiving overwhelming support from the league, the Las Vegas Raiders – his team at the time – and fellow players.

Selected as a third-round pick by the Cleveland Browns in 2016, Nassib went on to play two seasons with the Browns before joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for another two seasons. He then played the Raiders for two seasons, before finally re-signing with the Buccaneers for the 2022 season.

Over the course of his career, Nassib accumulated impressive statistics, recording 25.5 career sacks, 45 tackles for a loss, 19 passes defended, and 59 quarterback hits.