With NFL prospect Michael Sam coming out as gay, CSN’s Jen Daniels sat down with Villanova basketball head coach, Jay Wright, to discuss former Wildcat, Will Sheridan, who did the same thing after his playing days were over. 

While Sheridan came out to the public after his playing days, his teammates knew while they were on the court.

“We had that experience here with Will Sheridan,” Wright explained. “I was surprised, but I was [most] surprised that the guys knew. They knew all the time when they were playing with him. 

“Whatever your sexual orientation is I don’t think has anything to do with whether [your teammates] respect you on a team because when you’re on a team what they care about is ‘Does this guy work hard every day with us and does this guy compete for us?’ With Will, that was paramount because he was a great competitor."

In four years at Villanova, Sheridan averaged 5.1 points and 5.5 rebounds in 133 games. 

“I remember when he called me to tell me he was going to do it (come out) and that was my first thought, ‘I’m proud of you man.’”