Which NFL Player Is 'Strongly Considering' Coming Out?

By: Brandon Voss

Is the NFL finally getting an openly gay player?

Based on info gathered "from several current and former players," an active NFL player is "strongly considering" coming out publicly as gay very soon, according to a new CBS Sports report by Mike Freeman.

Here are the juiciest parts:

Based on interviews over the past several weeks with current and former players, I'm told that a current gay NFL player is strongly considering coming out publicly within the next few months — and after doing so, the player would attempt to continue his career.

I'm told this player feels the time is now for someone to take this step — despite homophobic remarks from San Francisco 49ers defensive back Chris Culliver and the controversy arising recently at the Indianapolis Scouting combine, when prospects were asked questions about their sexuality.

This player's true concern, I'm told, is not the reaction inside an NFL locker room but outside of it. The player fears he will suffer serious harm from homophobic fans, and that is the only thing preventing him from coming out. My sources will not say who this alleged player is.

Is this rumor even worth discussing? Well, according to OutSports, the author of this report is actually a credible source who's written on the subject of gays in the NFL for years.

What do you think — could an active NFL player soon be coming out? Do you agree that the mystery gay player would get more grief from fans than from his fellow players?