Michael Irvin, NFL Hall of Famer, graces the cover of Out Magazine and in an interview speaks out specifically to black people, asking how discrimination towards gays is any different than against blacks. The article describes him as ‘a passionate supporter of gay athletes and equal rights for same-sex couple’.
Irvin speaks about learning about his own brother being gay and coping with that in his quest to be an NFL star. He tells how it may have been the cause of him being overly macho, trying too hard to be ‘the man’, which caused him to do questionable things. In recent years he has considered himself more and more religious, yet impressively he goes against type and condones the church for distorting the word of God to persecute people.
Almost more impressive is that fact that the first time Irvin saw his brother in drag, in the 1970s, his father told him: ‘Yes, that’s your brother. And you love your brother.’ For a man of an older generation in a time of less tolerance, for any man at the time to imply to his son that there was nothing wrong with his brother is pretty amazing.
Because of his on and off the field personality I never had much respect for Irvin as a person though he was an amazing athlete, but he just gained a whole ton of my respect.
Well-Met Mr. Irvin.