A former Middle Tennessee State place-kicker wants to be the first openly gay player in the NFL.
Alan Gendreau, who played for the Blue Raiders from 2008-11, first told Outsports he wants to make an NFL roster, that he's not out to make history but to achieve his dream of playing professional football.
“I’m a kicker that happens to be gay,” Gendreau told The New York Times on Tuesday. “It’s a part of who I am, and not everything I am. I just want to be known as a normal kicker.”
A message left on Gendreau’s phone was not immediately returned on Tuesday afternoon.
The 23-year-old from Apopka, Fla., left MTSU as the Sun Belt Conference's all-time leading scorer with 295 points.
He made 44 of 62 career field goals (70.9 percent). However, he told Outsports that he believed his NFL stock took a hit when he missed four of his first five field goal attempts in the 2011 season.
According to the New York Times, he has spent the past year in Washington, D.C., as an assistant for a real estate firm.
Gendreau has been openly gay since high school and spoke to Outsports anonymously as a freshman in college.
“My whole thing in this is just to help anybody who is struggling with coming out,” Gendreau told The New York Times. “I want people to know that I didn’t have a problem with it, and they shouldn’t, either.”