Out of Bounds: Coming Out of Sexual Abuse, Addiction, and My Life of Lies in the NFL Closet

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Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 280 pages
The second NFL player ever to come out as gay and the first ever to come out as HIV-positive, Roy Simmons was an up-and-coming star offensive lineman who quit football after just four years rather than be exposed as gay. Out of Bounds tells his compelling story-from his rape at age 10 to being plucked from his poor Southern background to join the NFL, from his first taste of pro football fame and sudden enormous wealth to his fast-paced, no holds barred nightlife of heavy drugs and countless sexual encounters with women and men. Simmons led a roller-coaster life that peaked in the late 1980s with his playing in the Superbowl. Ultimately, however, reckless living left him penniless, friendless, and on the brink of suicide. Finally in 1992, Simmons tapped the courage to come out as gay on national TV—then coming out as HIV-positive 10 years later—leading him to a healthy path of sobriety and self-acceptance.

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OUT OF BOUNDS: My Life in and Out of the Closet

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The former pro footballer's life story is full of raw vitality that too often found auto-combustive expression—before, during and after his days in the NFL.As long as he can remember, Simmons ... Read full review

Out of bounds: coming out of sexual abuse, addiction, and my life of lies in the NFL closet

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Though the world has changed in many ways for gay men, it is still not safe to be an out gay man while an active player in the four major professional sports of football, baseball, basketball, and ... Read full review


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Roy Simmons is only one of three former NFL players to publicly disclose his homosexuality. Simmons, an offensive lineman with the New York Giants and Washington Redskins from 1979-84, came out as gay on television in 1992. Simmons works as a supervisor in a Long Island drug halfway house.

Damon DiMarco is the author of Tower Stories: The Autobiography of September 11, 2001. He’s currently on the faculty of Drew University and lives in New York.

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