Jeff Rohrer and Joshua Ross (Outsports - Allen Zaki)
Jeff Rohrer and Joshua Ross (Outsports - Allen Zaki)
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Former NFL player from the Dallas Cowboys has come out as gay and will marry his long-term partner on Sunday.

Jeff Rohrer who played as a linebacker between 1982 and 1989 will become the first known NFL player to be in a same-sex marriage when he marries his partner Joshua Ross.

Rohrer, 59, was a football player in high school before playing football for Yale University. He was drafted to the Cowboys in 1982 and played for the team until 1989.


“If I had told the Dallas Cowboys in the 1980s that I was gay, I would have been cut immediately,” Rohrer explained to the New York Times.

“It was a different world back then, people didn’t want to hear that.

“I’m sure there’s going to be some people out there who have a negative reaction to this and I’m fine with it.”

Rohrer went on to marry a woman whom he shares two children. They have since divorced.

After retiring from the NFL, Rohrer went on to pursue a career in media.

Rohrer met his partner Joshua Ross, 36, an esthetician and founder of SkinLab, at a gay bar in Los Angeles.

The couple started dating in 2015.

“People are born gay, as I was, though being gay was just something that had no place during the course of my football life,” Rohrer said.

“But when I got divorced, I said the hell with it, I’m going to do what I’ve always wanted to do.
“Then I found Josh, and began to openly live the life I was born to live.”

There has been plenty of support for Rohrer even though many have been very surprised.

“I’ve given at least five people heart attacks with this news,” Rohrer said.

“But for the most part, many of my closest friends, including some of my former teammates with the Cowboys, could not have been more happy and supportive.”

In an interview with OutSports, Rohrer said he believes sexuality isn’t a choice.

“My experience is that people are born gay, and anyone who wants to dispute that I’d be happy to have a conversation with them, including Mike Pence,” Rohrer told Outsports.

“I’d love to sit down with him.”

The couple is set to wed on Sunday in front of 150 guests at Wattles Mansion Gardens in Los Angeles.

Last Updated on Nov 16, 2018

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