Gendreau does acknowledge, however, what an inspiration he can be to millions of people, and he’s ready and willing to embrace that. He is determined to help those who are afraid to be true to themselves and are scared to come out.
“My whole thing in this is just to help anybody who is struggling with coming out,” Gendreau told the New York Times. “I want people to know that I didn’t have a problem with it, and they shouldn’t either.”
Middle Tennessee State punter Josh Davis told Outsports.com that Gendreau was just another teammate — nothing more, nothing less — and that his sexual orientation was a non-issue in the locker room.
“Everyone just saw him as a football player,” Davis said. “He was just one of the guys. The fact that he proved himself on the field, there was a respect for him. He’s a good guy. He’s a lot of fun to be around. With all the coaches and players, he had a good relationship.”
So can he crack an NFL roster this year and make his dream come true, even after being away from the game since 2011?
Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe strongly believes that he can.
“It’s totally legit that he can get into the league,” Kluwe told Outsports.com. “Placekicking is all about doing this one specific skill set. And if you can do that, you can make it whether you’ve been out of football for one year or 10 years.”
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