Gay Retired NFL Player Roy Simmons Dies at 57

Roy Simmons, who played for both the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants, died last week.

BY Michelle Garcia

February 26 2014 3:00 PM ET

 

Years later, in 1992, Simmons came out on an episode of Phil Donahue's talk show.

“I know I can help stop someone from going through what I went through,” he said in 2006, according to the Post. “I’ve been there. I’ve had two jobs in my life — football and running. Mostly running.”

Five years after publicly coming out, Simmons learned that he was HIV-positive. He reportedly died due to complications related to pneumonia, according to the Times.

 

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