Second former NFL player to come out as gay dies

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The second former NFL player to have ever come out as gay has died at the age of 57 years old. 

Roy Simmons was the first player to ever come out as HIV positive, and top selling author and long term best friend James Hester confirmed to the New York Post that Simmons died last Thursday. 

“I guess he’s at peace now,” Hester told The Post.

It's understood he was sitting in his chair inside his Bronx apartment when he passed away.

Simmons was a competent player in the NFL who played for both the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants. 

His most successful moment was when he was a part of the Redskins team that played in Super Bowl XVIII, however, Washington lost that game 38-9 to the Los Angeles Raiders. 

The guard had recently been hospitalized with pneumonia, and he had been HIV positive for 17 years. 

He came out as gay in 1992 after appearing on The Phil Donahue Show. His autobiography was written by Damon DiMarco, and it looked into the dark aspects of his life that included drug addiction, prostitution and promiscuity. 

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