Herm Edwards: NFL Ready For Gay Athlete

Herm Edwards - USA TODAY Sports

Former NFL player and coach says he would have supported a gay player on any of his teams

Former NFL head coach Herm Edwards said on SportsCenter today that he would have supported a gay teammate as a coach or player. When asked if the NFL is "ready" for an openly gay player, he said:

I think it is. I would have no problem with that as a coach or even as a football player. That wouldn't bother me. You're drafting a guy who already can play football. And if he's a good football player, if he can tackle, catch and run, score touchdowns, come on, get in the huddle and let's go.

Edwards was a player for (mostly) the Philadelphia Eagles in the '70s and '80s. He was also the head coach of the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs from 2001-'08.

For a guy who famously said, "You play to win the game," this sentiment shouldn't be too surprising. As long as an athlete can help him win, any coach should say the same thing.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Outsports

You must be a member of Outsports to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Outsports. You should read them.

Join Outsports

You must be a member of Outsports to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Outsports. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.