NFL Hall of Famer and former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin appears on the cover of Out Magazine a men's gay magazine publication. Irvin spoke about finding out his brother who died in 2006 of stomach cancer was gay.
He found out in 1970 when he saw his brother wearing woman's clothes and feels it contributed to his womanizing behavior in his life.
"And through it all we realized maybe some of the issues I've had with so many women, just bringing women around so everybody can see, maybe that's the residual of the fear I had that if my brother is wearing ladies' clothes, am I going to be doing that? Is it genetic?" Irvin said to Out. "I'm certainly not making excuses for my bad decisions. But I had to dive inside of me to find out why am I making these decisions, and that came up."
Irvin said he would encourage any athlete to admit he was gay. God doesn't care about how many super bowls or national championships you win. Irvin's stance on this is helping mae the world a better place. More athletes should do the same.
Irvin feels his Cowboys team would have handled an openly gay player well.
"We had a bunch of different characters on that team," Irvin said. "Deion [Sanders] and Emmitt [Smith]. I believe that team would have handled it well."