College rugby star and former football player Brandon Davis publicly came out as gay on Monday in an open letter published on OutSports.
In his piece, Davis recalls that he switched schools because he didn’t feel comfortable being openly gay at Louisiana Tech, where he used to play running back on the football team. Eventually, Davis transferred to Montana State University in Bozeman, and after a suffering from a short depression (the result of both a breakup and a fear of being outed), he was able to come out and join the school’s rugby team.
“I was no longer living a lie and I will never go back in the closet for anyone,” he wrote in OutSports. “Being out is literally the best feeling in the world. There is no better feeling than knowing who you are and accepting it. It's like I was reborn, and since that day my life has drastically changed for the better.”
The best part of being an out athlete, Davis admits, is his supportive network of teammates who accept him for who he is.
“I’m very thankful that my rugby team looks at me as a friend and teammate instead of the ‘gay guy,’” he said. “The people I thought would have the most hate towards me are actually the people who turned out to be my biggest supporters.”
Read Davis’s full letter on OutSports and watch him tell his story in the video below.