The Arizona Cardinals once had a center in their mini camp named Brad Thorson. Thorson was an All-American center for both Wisconsin and Kansas. He was on the team in Wisconsin that went 12-1 back in 2006. He felt is was right and wanted to “Come out the Closet”. He did so and claims it felt so good to tell the truth via his post Seeing Through the Fog.
I’ve been told many times that the process of coming out is cathartic. Yet since coming to terms with my sexuality, I found it arduous and unnecessary. At least that’s what I kept telling myself. So today, I’m putting it in writing and not looking back.
I’m also an athlete. For years, I struggled to unite these two identities in my own mind. Not until after my professional athletic career came to an end did I allow myself to understand my sexuality. Now, three years later, I’m finally ready to share that with people.
Thorson told SB Nation’s OutSports he wanted to do it before but couldn’t find the words.
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“I had tried to write it many times before but just didn’t have the right words to say,” Thorson said. “I got home on Wednesday and wrote it out and thought it was fitting for this weekend, so I took the plunge. I was so nervous before I wrote it, but once I wrote it I was proud of writing it and it wasn’t something I wanted to hide away anymore.”
Posting the message was cathartic, and many of the fears he held quickly evaporated.
“As soon as I hit send, it all dissipated and I remembered that I had all of my friends and family who already supported me. It was a real relief afterward. Everyone who has reached out have been nothing but supportive. I should have expected that all along.”