This Fourth of July was a special kind of celebration for former Wisconsin and Kansas offensive lineman Brad Thorson, as he celebrated his own kind of independence—coming out of the closet. In a blog post, the all-state player at Homestead High School who also played for Wisconsin and then to Kansas told the world that he is gay. While he was not signed during the 2011 NFL draft, Thorson ended up joining the Arizona Cardinals.
“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,” Thorson writes. “At least that’s what I kept telling myself. So today, I’m putting it in writing and not looking back. I’m gay,” he declared. “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.”
Welcome to the team!