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Edelman, NFL stars react to Carl Nassib coming out as gay

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Carl Nassib has the full support of many current and former NFL stars after coming out as gay Monday.

The Las Vegas Raiders defensive lineman made the announcement in an Instagram video to become the first active NFL player to publicly reveal he's gay, per Outsports.

Nassib also announced he's donating $100,000 to the Trevor Project, a suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization that serves LGBTQ youth.

Former New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman praised Nassib Monday on Twitter for his courageous announcement and generous donation.

Several current and former NFL stars -- including fellow Penn State alum Saquon Barkley, J.J. Watt, and Warren Moon -- joined Edelman in showing their support for Nassib on Twitter.

Michael Sam, who came out as gay prior to the 2014 NFL Draft but never appeared in an NFL game, also thanked Nassib for going public with his decision.

Nassib stressed the importance of acceptance and visibility for the gay community in his video, and inΒ a follow-up Instagram post cited a study that found that "all it takes is one accepting adult to decrease the risk of an LGBTQ kid attempting suicide by 40%."

NFL stars supporting Nassib's decision on their massive public platforms is a great step in the right direction for both acceptance and visibility and hopefully can help other NFL athletes feel more comfortable about coming out in the future.

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