Former New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi has admitted to ESPN that he feels the aftermath from Michael Sam's coming out will be 'mixed' across the NFL.
The NFL could soon have its firstly openly gay player after NFL draft prospect Sam announced that he is gay.
In a brave move that has gained its fair share of support and criticism, the reigning SEC defensive player of the year told ESPN of his sexuality Sunday.
He had a hugely successful season with the Tigers, helping his team to win the AT&T Cotton Bowl against Oklahoma State University.
Even though he had had success in College Football, Bruschi says team leaders should be asked about whether their side can handle a gay player on the roster.
"I think you also have to ask the leaders on your team, and have a phone conversation, or have a sit down with them, and ask your captains maybe the question, 'Are we ready to handle this? Can our locker room handle this?" Bruschi told ESPN.
"The players that you know, you are one of the leaders on our team, 'Do you think he would be welcome, and do you think the transition process -- could we get through it as a team?"
In the end Bruschi believes once given time, NFL players will get to grips with the news.
"I think they can. I think it will be more difficult for some than others," he said.
"I think so. Because you are talking about a locker room where there is immaturity, OK, there is youth, alright, and this is probably the most, one of the most difficult situations that some of them will have to deal with up to this point of their lives, dealing with a gay teammate something that they haven't had to deal with before."
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