Edward "Chip" Sarafin came out as gay Wednesday in Phoenix-based LGBT sports publication Compete Magazine. He said he had come out to his football coach and teammates last spring.
"It was really personal for me, and it benefited my peace of mind greatly," he said about coming out to his Sun Devils teammates.
Sarafin is a walk-on player, meaning he's not on scholarship. If he plays a game this year, he would be the first active gay football player to tell his story to the public. Last year, he was on the team as a reserve player.
Michael Sam came out in February after he finished his college career, and before he had been drafted for the NFL. He had come out to his teammates in Missouri while playing for his school.
Sun Devils Vice President of Athletics Ray Anderson tweeted that "the entire athletics department is extremely proud" of Sarafin.
Michael Sam also tweeted a congratulations note to Sarafin:
An earlier version of this article misstated the meaning of a walk-on player.
Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.
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