Former Nebraska kicker, Eric Lueshen has revealed that he was an openly gay college athlete during his time with the Cornhuskers.
Lueshen told 93.7 The Ticket radio station that his teammates were accepting of his sexuality:
"Two of my really good friends on the team, Sean Hill and Corey McKeon, asked me at lunch one day, "We were just wondering if you were gay." I very honestly said, "Yes, is that a problem?" They were like, "Oh no, that's really cool. We all thought that you were, and we just wanted to know."
However, Lueshen says that some team officials and coaches were not quite as welcoming to the news:
"several coaches made it very clear to me that I wasn't welcome. I would say the majority of how they made it known that I was unwelcome was through non-verbal communication—body language, looks—but there was definitely some verbal things at times."
Lueshen was a reserve kicker for the Cornhuskers in 2004 as a redshirt freshman. He later suffered a career-ending injury in 2005.
These revelations come just a few days after NFL draft prospect Michael Sam coming out as openly gay.
Sam had already come out to his teammates at Missouri, who had made the defensive end feel welcome and comfortable.
This second revelation from a former college player could represent a number of other gay players who are yet to publicly come out. Perhaps in years to come, gay athletes will become more commonplace in both college and professional ranks.
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