Former Patriots Player Contemplated Suicide Before Coming Out as Gay

By Alana Winns

To ex-Patriots offensive linemen Ryan O’Callaghan, football was more than just a sport, a way to burn energy as a kid or even a way to provide a full-ride to college — it was a matter of life or death.

What his old teammates didn’t know then is that O’Callaghan was caught between whether or not to take his own life in fear of being judged for being gay. The product of the University of California, boasting an incredible height of 6’7 and 330 pounds, came out publicly as gay in an Outsports story published on Tuesday.

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