Current free agent NFL defensive end Ryan Russell releases an as-told-to article Thursday revealing that he is bisexual.
Russell played for the Cowboys and Buccaneers, last seeing the field in 2017.
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“Have I lied to teammates, coaches, trainers, front-office executives and fans about who I am?” Russell wrote in an article posted Thursday to ESPN.com. “Not exactly. But withholding information is a form of deceit. And I want the next part of my career – and life – steeped in trust and honesty. During the season you spend more time with your team than with your own family; truth and honesty are the cornerstones of a winning culture. My truth is that I’m a talented football player, a damn good writer, a loving son, an overbearing brother, a caring friend, a loyal lover, and a bisexual man.
“Today, I have two goals: returning to the NFL, and living my life openly. I want to live my dream of playing the game I’ve worked my whole life to play, and being open about the person I’ve always been.”
Russell, 27, was a fifth-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys out of Purdue in 2015 but was later cut after just one season. He latched on with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and played two seasons (2016-17). He eventually started seven of his 14 appearances in his final year in Tampa, collecting 17 tackles and two sacks.