Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib has become the first active NFL player to come out as gay.
He made the announcement on a video posted on Instagram. He also donated $100,000 (£71,000) to the Trevor Project, a suicide prevention service for LGBTQ young people in the US.
His announcement was welcomed by the team owner and the NFL.
Jon Holmes, founder Sports Media LGBT+ told BBC World News it was “an incredibly powerful message.”
He said: “Knowing that you could potentially have a future in the NFL to be out and gay is an incredibly liberating feeling.”