NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Alan Gendreau is just another ex-college football player trying to get onto a National Football League roster.
Except for one thing: He’s openly gay.
Gendreau kicked for Middle Tennessee State from 2008-2011, and he did so exceptionally well. The all-time leading scorer in Sun Belt Conference history, the Apopka, Fla., native amassed 295 points in his career at Murfreesboro.
The 23-year-old, who has been openly gay since he was 15 years old, wasn’t drafted last year and never caught on with an organization.
He’s not about to let his dream die, however. In fact, the former college star thinks he’s more prepared now than ever.
“Right now, looking back when I’m 40, I can’t say I gave it my best shot,” Gendreau told Outsports.com. “I can’t say I really tried to make it into the NFL. Last year I did it half-a–ed. If I don’t give it everything I have now, I’ll regret it for the rest of my life.”
Though it’s rumored that numerous current NFL players will come out in the coming weeks — or at some point during the 2013 season — there aren’t any openly gay football players in the league currently.
If Gendreau does fulfill his dream, he doesn’t want to be known as the one gay player in the league. He simply wants to play football at the highest level.
“I’m a kicker that happens to be gay,” Gendreau told the New York Times. “It’s a part of who I am, and not everything I am. I just want to be known as a normal kicker.”