Former Patriots tackle Ryan O’Callaghan has come out as gay, telling Outsports that he used his career in football to hide his sexual orientation.
O’Callaghan was selected by the Patriots in the 2006 NFL Draft as the 136th pick and played two seasons with them before being sidelined with an injury and ultimately being let go.
During his Patriots days, O’Callaghan would allude to a long-distance girlfriend when teammates asked about his dating life, according to Outsports, and he at one point brought a former teammate’s ex-girlfriend as a date to a party thrown by Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
He also told the publication that during his time with the Patriots, the sexual nature of topics brought up in the locker room made him uncomfortable.
After being released by the Patriots, O’Callaghan then played briefly for the Kansas City Chiefs before his NFL career was ended by injuries.
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