Former Football Player to Tell about Being Gay in the NFL

A retired professional football player who is gay will make two appearances in Fulton Tuesday, March 1, in the hope of spreading tolerance.

Esera Tuaolo will tell his story about being a gay man in the National Football League at Westminster College and William Woods University.

He will speak to student life and coaching staffs at noon on the Westminster College campus. Then he will speak on “Creating a World of Tolerance” and perform a concert at 7 p.m. in Cutlip Auditorium in the McNutt Campus Center at William Woods University. The event at WWU is free and open to the public.

Tuaolo, a native Hawaiian and college football standout at Oregon State University, was drafted by the Green Bay Packers and played professional football in the National Football League for 10 years. He played for the Atlanta Falcons in the 1999 Super Bowl. During his 10 years as a defensive lineman, not once did he tell anyone that he was gay. He retired, in part, so he could live his life honestly.

A nationally known speaker on diversity issues, Tuaolo comes to Westminster College and William Woods University as a result of a NCAA Diversity Grant with the hope that he can help create more open and diverse campus environments.

An aspiring musician and vocalist, Tuaolo will blend his music with his message at his presentation on the WWU campus.

Co-Sponsors are the Westminster College Department of Athletics, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, William Woods University and the Multicultural Programs at Westminster College and William Woods University.

For more information, contact the Office of Community Life at William Woods University, 573-592-4239.