Retired Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jeff Rohrer has publicly come out as gay and will be the first former or current NFL player in a same-sex marriage, he revealed in a new interview published on Wednesday.
In an interview with the New York Times, Rohrer, 59, opened up about his sexuality for the first time. “I’m sure there’s going to be some people out there who have a negative reaction to this,” Rohrer told the Times in a story published Wednesday, adding, “and I’m fine with it.”
Born and raised in Manhattan Beach, Rohrer played football in high school and then at Yale University. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys and played for team from 1982 to 1987.
Three years ago, Rohrer — who was previously married to a woman and has two teen children — met his fiancé, Joshua Ross, 36, celebrity aesthetician and founder of SkinLab, at a West Hollywood watering hole.
The couple, who live in Los Angeles, will marry in front of 150 guests Sunday, in a ceremony at Wattles Mansion and Gardens in Hollywood, according to the Times.
When the pair met in 2015, Rohrer was still “completely in the closet,” he told the Times. Rohrer added, “And if not for Josh, I’d still be in there.”
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