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NFL Player Planned On Killing Himself Once His Career Was Over — Instead He's Coming Out Of The Closet! Read His Powerful Story!

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An inspiring story that could have ended in tragedy.

Ryan O'Callaghan devoted most of his life to playing football, but his dedication to the sport was really just a ploy to hide from his true identity.

The former NFL star, who played for the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs, just came out as gay in a moving interview with OutSports — and admitted he planned on committing suicide when his career was over.

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The athlete felt he could never live as an openly gay man growing up in the conservative town of Redding, California, and realized in high school he didn't fit any of the traditional gay stereotypes.

Shortly after coming out to himself in junior high school, O'Callaghan decided that he would hide behind the pinnacle of masculinity: football.

And so he kept his secret hidden under his jersey for over a dozen years, throughout his journey playing college ball at the University of California to the NFL. He explained:

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