Carl Nassib makes history as first openly gay player in regular-season NFL game
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Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib became the first openly gay athlete to compete in an NFL regular-season game on Monday night. 

In overtime of his team’s regular-season opener against the Baltimore Ravens, Nassib made a key strip-sack fumble on Ravens star quarterback Lamar Jackson to give Las Vegas possession.


Two plays later, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr hit wide receiver Zay Jones for the game-winning score, beating Baltimore 33 to 27 in their home opener.

When a reporter mentioned to Nassib that he saw fans compliment a person wearing his jersey, Nassib expressed his gratitude. 

“That’s amazing; that’s a great story. I love that. I wish I could have seen [him],” Nassib told the reporter. “It was really special, I’m really happy that we got the win on the day that kind of made a little bit of history.”

Nassib, a six-year league veteran, garnered national attention for coming out as gay during Pride Month, becoming the first active NFL player to do so. 

The NFL announced in June that they matched Nassib's $100,000 donation to LGBTQ organization Trevor Project and released a Pride Month ad declaring "Football is Gay." 

Other male athletes, including the NHL’s Luke Prokop and minor league baseball player Bryan Ruby, have also come out as openly gay.