Roy Simmons
American football player
Roy Simmons
Roy Franklin Simmons is a former American football player who played for the National Football League. He played offensive lineman for the New York Giants and then with the Washington Redskins during Super Bowl XVIII in 1984. In 1992, he came out of the closet as gay on The Phil Donahue Show. In his autobiography, Out of Bounds, he speaks of drug addiction, prostitution, and promiscuity. Around 1997, he learned that he was HIV-positive.
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Kwame Harris coming out is important - San Francisco Chronicle (blog)
Google News - almost 4 years
FOXSports.com Kwame Harris coming out is important San Francisco Chronicle (blog) Former 49er and Raider Kwame Harris is one of the few to come out as a gay man following his NFL career. He joins former 49er David Kopay, Roy Simmons, Esera Tuaolo, and Wade Davis. It adds more kindling to the raging debate over homosexuality in ... Kwame Harris: Being Gay and the NFL "Not Compatible"NBC Bay Area Former 49ers lineman Kwame Harris comes out, but needs to stay out in the publicThe Desert Sun (blog) Kwame Harris: NFL career and being gay not "compatible"San Jose Mercury News Lyndy's Sports Annuals -USA TODAY -abc7news.com all 17 news articles »
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The Crooked Billet in Sheepridge
Bucks Free Press - almost 4 years
RORY Symmons likes The Crooked Billet because it feels like his front room and they do great sandwiches.
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Conor Gaughan: Ready Or Not, Here He Comes Out: The Time For A Gay Professional Athlete Is Now
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
Dominated by testosterone and machismo, professional sports are defined by images of virile straight men, but buried in locker rooms throughout the country is a hidden "third rail" of sports: the closeted gay pro athlete. With 2012's political momentum, pop culture trends and sports news like soccer's Robbie Rogers coming out, now is the time for a gay player in one of America's four major team sports to step out of the closet and onto the field. As over 100 million fans watched Super Bowl XLVII, there were two gay stories in the media. Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, a vocal activist for gay rights since 2009, continued his advocacy by leveraging the media surrounding the Super Bowl to raise awareness for LGBT equality. On the other side of the field, in a publicity fumble, 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver was taped in an interview saying, "We don't got no gay people on the team. You know, they gotta get up out of here if they do. Can't be with that sweet stuff. . ...
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Orlando Cruz: No. 4 WBO Featherweight Is Boxing's First Openly Gay Fighter
Bleacher Report - over 4 years
On Wednesday, Oct. 3, Orlando Cruz of Puerto Rico, the WBO No. 4-ranked featherweight boxer in the world, came out, proclaiming himself a “proud gay man,” according to Bob Velin of USA Today.  Orlando Cruz reportedly stated the following:   I want to try to be the best role model I can be for kids who might look into boxing as a sport and a professional career. I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man.   Although he is surely not the first gay man to fight professionally, he is the first to open up about his sexuality while being an active fighter. Cruz was a highly-decorated amateur fighter who was a member of the 2000 Puerto Rico Olympic team. Since entering the professional ranks, he has compiled an impressive record of 18-2-1 with nine KOs, and is the current WBO NABO featherweight champion.  Cruz’s next fight is scheduled for Oct. 19 against Jorge Pazos (20-4, 13KOs).  Many athletes have come out aft ...
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Marian Eileen Simmons - Neosho Daily News
Google News - over 5 years
She was united in marriage to Roy Simmons April 23, 1946, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kansas City, Mo. Marian was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Carthage. Marian was a veteran of World War II and while she served in the Women's Army
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U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Georgia (Sept. 17) - Targeted News Service (subscription)
Google News - over 5 years
17 -- Siemens Industry, Alpharetta, Ga., has been assigned a patent (8017881) developed by Roy Simmons, Roswell, Ga., for a "side entry circuit breaker." The abstract of the patent published by the US Patent and Trademark Office states: "A circuit
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Moment #16: Former NFL player Esera Tuaolo comes out as gay - Outsports.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
He is only the third NFL player to ever publicly say he's gay, joining David Kopay in 1975 and Roy Simmons in 1992. While Tuaolo's story is unique in its setting–a pro sports locker room–his feelings of depression, loneliness and thoughts of suicide
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Gait Brothers Inducted Into British Columbia Hall of Fame - SUAthletics.com
Google News - over 5 years
Under the direction of SU head coach Roy Simmons Jr., the duo led the Orange to a 51-5 record during their four years. They also helped guide SU to undefeated seasons in 1988 and 1990. On what many still call “the greatest lacrosse team ever assembled
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Ehrmann talks about coaching in America - YNN
Google News - over 5 years
As part of the book Ehrmann did a study on every coach he has ever had. From the study, he found that Roy Simmons Jr., the former head coach of the SU lacrosse team - on which Ehrmann played, was the most "transformational" of the bunch
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Syracuse University legends Joe Ehrmann, Roy Simmons Jr. at Syracuse Stage tonight - Syracuse.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
By Dave Rahme / The Post-Standard Jim Commentucci / The Post-StandardSyracuse University lacrosse legend Roy Simmons Jr. addresses a bunch of his former players before an alumni game played last October in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse, NY -- Joey Ehrmann
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Legend to legend: Coaching that changes lives - Syracuse.com
Google News - over 5 years
He'll follow that presentation by signing books with Roy Simmons Jr., a Syracuse University coaching legend. In the 1980s, Simmons — now retired — turned the SU lacrosse program into a national power. The sport was hardly the preferred vehicle for
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Michael Irvin all in for coming out - The Cheap Seats
Google News - over 5 years
The three NFLers who have come out of the closet after retirement are far between—David Kopay (1975), Roy Simmons (1992), and Esera Tuaolo (2002)—and it's almost been a decade since even a retired player has come out. So, in light of Irvin's recent
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Pay it forward - Montreal Gazette (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
(Just six gay male athletes from North America's four major pro leagues have publicly come out and I've interviewed four of them: NFL offensive lineman Roy Simmons, former Green Bay Packer and Atlanta Falcon Esera Tuaolo, Major League Baseball utility
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Michael Strahan, Steve Nash and Sean Avery:Athletes Supporting Marriage Equality - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
To date, only a limited number of NFL players have been brave enough to come out of the closet: David Kopay in 1975, Roy Simmons in 1992 and Esera Tuaola in 2002. With our society evolving toward social justice, a media campaign of "It Gets Better" and
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Syracuse University lacrosse team's storied history comes to life in Manley lobby - Syracuse.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
It is the brainchild of legendary SU coach Roy Simmons Jr. and Jim Santiago, an SU graduate, former SU professor and art director of ABC's “World News Tonight” and avid Orange lacrosse fan. It is a collage of 90-plus years of Syracuse lacrosse
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Syracuse University coaches, legends and current players team up to benefit ... - Syracuse.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
They will be joined by former football greats Rob Drummond, Chris Gedney and Tim Green; lacrosse legends Paul Gait, Tom Marachek and Roy Simmons Jr.; and a host of current SU student-athletes. Former SU lacrosse All-American Ric Beardsley will emcee
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Tough-as-nails Baxter to play in semifinal - Denver Post
Google News - over 5 years
Virginia coach Dom Starsia is lacrosse's all-time Division I leader in victories (327), and Tierney is sixth (287), three shy of tying former Syracuse legend Roy Simmons Jr. for fifth. Starsia and Tierney were rivals when the Pioneers' coach built
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Navy SEALs to be honored - NCAA.com
Google News - almost 6 years
After a national semifinal win against Princeton in 1993, a reporter asked then Syracuse head coach Roy Simmons Jr. if the victory was particularly sweet revenge since the Tigers had defeated the Orange in sudden death the previous year
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Roy Simmons
    FORTIES
  • 1997
    Age 40
    Around 1997, he learned that he was HIV-positive.
    More Details Hide Details Only three other members of the NFL have ever revealed their homosexuality: David Kopay, Esera Tuaolo, and Wade Davis.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1992
    Age 35
    In 1992, he came out of the closet as gay on The Phil Donahue Show.
    More Details Hide Details In his autobiography, Out of Bounds (written with Damon DiMarco), he speaks of drug addiction, prostitution, and promiscuity.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1984
    Age 27
    He played offensive lineman for the New York Giants and then with the Washington Redskins during Super Bowl XVIII in 1984.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1956
    Born
    Born on November 8, 1956.
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