Former Cardinals offensive lineman Brad Thorson announces he is gay

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Former University of Wisconsin, University of Kansas and Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman Brad Thorson announced through his blog on the Fourth of July that he is gay. He follows Jason Collins, Brittany Griner, Michael Sam and other professional athletes who have come out.

I’m gay. I’m also an athlete. For years, I struggled to unite these two identities in my own mind. Not until after my professional athletic career came to an end did I allow myself to understand my sexuality. Now, three years later, I’m finally ready to share that with people.

Thorson played at Wisconsin for two seasons before transferring to Kansas and played center, right tackle and left guard. After college he was not drafted in the 2011 NFL draft but signed with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent during that summer.

Unfortunately Thorson never played a regular-season game with the Cardinals as he suffered a broken foot and was eventually released from his contract. He currently resides in San Francisco California, and after a three year struggle to understand his sexuality, Thorson is ready to share his story with others.

I’ve been told many times that the process of coming out is cathartic. Yet since coming to terms with my sexuality, I found it arduous and unnecessary. At least that’s what I kept telling myself. So today, I’m putting it in writing and not looking back.

Thorson, and tons of others out there have shown tremendous courage while proving that no matter if you are straight or LGBT we all remain equal.

Phoenix Sports-Kings Assistant Site Manager Ian Johnson @IanJohnsonSK

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