Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

23 Apr 2013

Coming Out Kicking

Hey, it's "is the NFL ready for a gay player" article No. 52,617. Only this time, it's about a specific guy: Alan Gandreau, who kicked for Middle Tennessee State from 2009-2012. At first maybe you're thinking "oh, not another publicity stunt." But this is not like that "first woman to kick at a regional combine" story, which was a joke, just a ridiculous waste of time. This guy is an actual kicker from an actual Division I school who was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award as a junior. And while Middle Tennessee State may not sound like an NFL factory, that wasn't a problem for Adam Vinatieri of South Dakota State, Bill Cundiff from Drake, or Greg Zuerlein from Missouri Western State.

So good luck to him. Even if there aren't many jobs open, every team needs an extra kicker for camp, so you can get your foot in the door. How's the gay community in Green Bay? Because last year, the kicker community in Green Bay was kind of terrible.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 23 Apr 2013

9 comments, Last at 24 Apr 2013, 5:33pm by Anonymous13


by bubqr :: Wed, 04/24/2013 - 12:44am

I would have hoped that the first openly gay NFL player would not be a kicker, if you kind of see what I mean. This might not help the gay cause much, or even the kicker cause either. Ideal case would be a proven veteran at a so called "tough" position like linebacker to come out, like let's say Patrick Willis. It would have debunked the myths associated with gay people (softness/etc) and would definitely have helped their acceptance in a big way.
Where has that "we have a few players ready to come out" talk gone btw?

by Shylo :: Wed, 04/24/2013 - 3:11am

As an MTSU alum, it's nice to see my university getting some good press for once. However, I don't watch MTSU football very often so I couldn't tell you if he's NFL-quality or not.

by Jimmy Oz :: Wed, 04/24/2013 - 5:40am

Well that's faaaabulous darling!

by justanothersteve :: Wed, 04/24/2013 - 7:21am

The gay community in Green Bay is surprisingly large for a city its size. He'd probably have less issues in Green Bay than Jacksonville or Nashville.

by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:18am

Every community in Green Bay is large.

by dryheat :: Wed, 04/24/2013 - 8:49am

I can't wait until a gay player comes out, for the simple fact that I'm thoroughly tired of seeing article after article of "will he or won't he" during the offseason as if it were an important issue.

A gay player will come out when he feels it's time for him to come out. Or perhaps it will be an openly gay college player who gets drafted into the NFL, which would probably advance the cause even more and put this "issue" to bed. Either way, I can't be alone in finding all the 52,617 "when, O Lord, tell me when"-themed speculation/social commentary articles tiresome.

by nat :: Wed, 04/24/2013 - 9:46am

I think in this day and age we should learn to accept - even celebrate - people openly admitting that they are kickers.

What? Oh, that. Good for him for that, too. Obviously.

by turbohappy :: Wed, 04/24/2013 - 11:17am

Rooting for him. Hope he's good and the Colts pick him up and can drop Vinatieri's contract :)

by Anonymous13 (not verified) :: Wed, 04/24/2013 - 5:33pm

Niners will pick him up as UDFA, and put him on the PS for the year. Then they also inform Culliver that he will be his roommate.