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Record 6 openly gay college football players in 2017

Breaking barriers as the season starts.

The 2017 college football season kicks into high gear this weekend with teams all over the country playing. Among the thousands of players will be a record six on rosters who are openly gay.

It was just a month ago that I wrote about there being a record five, but now the list is being updated after Butler’s Xavier Colvin came out on Monday.

The six players are:

  • Scott Frantz, a Kansas State offensive lineman (FBS), who will be a sophomore.
  • My-King Johnson, an Arizona defensive lineman (FBS), who is likely to redshirt as a freshman to gain more bulk. Being a redshirt means that Johnson can practice with the team and suit up but is not allowed to play. This allows him to retain four years of athletic eligibility.
  • Xavier Colvin, a linebacker for Butler University (NCAA Division I FCS), who will be a sophomore.
  • Kyle Kurdziolek, a University of St. Francis (Ill., NAIA) linebacker, who will be a junior this fall.
  • Darrion McAlister, a center for Marian (Ind., NAIA) University, who will be a senior.
  • Wyatt Pertuset, a Capital University (Ohio, Division III), wide receiver who will be a sophomore. Pertuset is injured and his status for the season is uncertain.

Johnson had the pitch-perfect response when asked by the Pac-12 Networks' Ashley Adamson that “people see you as a pioneer, how do you see yourself?"

“As a kid who plays football,” Johnson said. He has been out for many years and noted that “being open is not new for me, it's just new for everybody else.”