Kansas State OL Scott Frantz announces that he is gay
A couple of years ago, Mizzou DL Michael Sam announced that he was gay just before the 2014 NFL Draft. Though his college teammates knew his sexual orientation, the information wasn’t public until after his Tiger career was over.
On Wednesday, Kansas State OL Scott Frantz announced that he was gay and, as a sophomore this fall, will be the first active gay player at the FBS level.
According to ESPN.com, Frantz said his Kansas State teammates were very accepting of his big personal news when he told them:
“I came out to my teammates, and I’ve never felt so loved and so accepted ever in my life than when I did that,” Frantz told ESPN’s Holly Rowe on Wednesday. “And ever since then it’s been great. I’ve grown so much closer to my teammates since. So it’s been an amazing experience.”
Frantz said he was incredibly nervous about telling his teammates, but added that it couldn’t have gone any better when he actually followed through and made the announcement:
“So the very first time I said those words were in front of, you know, 110, 120 football guys,” Frantz said. “So you can imagine how scared I was, how nervous I was. … This could go either really bad or could go really good. And thankfully my teammates embraced me with open arms, and it was great.”
Frantz started all 13 games for the Wildcats last year and earned a spot on the Big 12’s All-Freshman First Team. He was also a member of the 2016 All-Bowl Team.
He’s expected to continue starting at left tackle for Kansas State this fall.