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Podcast: How ready is the NFL for a gay player?

Question is pertinent as ever during Super Bowl week.

Carolina Panthers Practice
Panthers tight end Greg Olsen said of having an openly gay teammate:  “I think it’d be great.”
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The Super Bowl will be held this Sunday and it will be the 51st played without an openly gay player. When will we see one and will a gay player be accepted? And what role will straight players have in welcoming a gay teammate.

At the Pro Bowl, Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas said he thinks the league is ready. “It’s amazing that the opinions in the locker room have changed 180 degrees from when I first started playing football to where they are right now. I think every locker room in the NFL would accept an openly gay teammate with open arms now," he said.

Thomas was one of 14 players we interviewed at the Pro Bowl who say they would welcome a gay teammate.