Robbie Rogers Will 'Come Out to Play' With a Memoir
He shoots, he scores — a book deal!
Robbie Rogers has announced that he's working on a memoir, Come Out to Play, that will be published late next year.
"Soccer and writing are my two biggest passions," he wrote on Facebook. "I am so lucky to be given the opportunity to write my memoir with Penguin Books. So many people helped me with my struggles while I was coming out, I hope this book will do the same for people who feel a bit like me."
The 26-year-old L.A. Galaxy player made history when he became the first openly gay man to play in U.S. pro sports. Cowritten with Eric Marcus, who collaborated with Greg Louganis on his autobiography, Come Out to Play will tell the story of Robbie's “hard-fought though ultimately triumphant transformation from a troubled, isolated child to a groundbreaking and praiseworthy professional sportsman," according to a press release.
“Secrets can cause so much internal damage," continues Robbie in the release. "People love to preach about honesty. Try explaining to your loved ones after twenty-five years you are gay. Life is only complete when your loved ones know you. When they know your true feelings, when they know who and how you love. Life is simple when your secret is gone. Gone is the pain that lurks in the stomach at work, the pain from avoiding questions, and at last the pain from hiding such a deep secret.”
Speaking of secrets, he very briefly addressed his dating life in an Out cover story this past summer. Let's hope there's more of that to come too.
Will you buy Robbie's book?