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Arizona State Lineman Edward “Chip” Sarafin Announces He Is Gay

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chip-sarafinOffensive lineman Edward “Chip” Sarafin, measuring at 6 foot 6, 320 lbs, for the Arizona State Sun Devils told Complete Magazine, an LBGT sports magazine based in Temple, Arizona, that he is gay, becoming the first active player in collegiate football to do so.

Similar to former Missouri defensive lineman, Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL, Sarafin came out to his teammates before making the announcement public.

Sarafin gives credit to Michael Sam for helping him have the courage to come out publicly. Sam came out to his teammates while he was still an active member of the roster, but he did not make it public knowledge until after he completed his playing career at Missouri.

Arizona State head coach Todd Graham has expressed nothing, but support and praise for his 5th year lineman.

“We are a brotherhood that is not defined by cultural and personal differences, but rather an individual’s commitment to the Sun Devil Way,” he said in a statement. “Chip is a fifth-year senior and a Scholar Baller, a graduate and a master’s student. His commitment to service is unmatched and it is clear he is on his way to leading a successful life after his playing career, a goal that I have for every student-athlete. Diversity and acceptance are two of the pillars of our program, and he has full support from his teammates and the coaching staff.”

Sarafin graduated last spring with an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering and is now enrolled in ASU’s graduate program for biomedical engineering, and has participated in research about football related concussions.

The Arizona State Sun Devils kick off their season on August 28th, a home game about Weber State.

 

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