Kansas State OL becomes second openly gay football player on FBS level
Scott Frantz came out to his teammates last year after a speaker visited the Wildcats
Kansas State's Scott Frantz is now one of two FBS players on 2017 rosters to be openly gay. The 6-foot-5, 293-pound offensive tackle came out to his teammates following a team-building exercise last year where players were encouraged to reveal secrets about themselves, and he spoke with ESPN about the experience .
"I came out to my teammates, and I've never felt so loved and so accepted ever in my life than when I did that," Frantz told ESPN's Holly Rowe. "And ever since then it's been great. I've grown so much closer to my teammates since. So it's been an amazing experience.
"So the very first time I said those words were in front of, you know, 110, 120 football guys. So you can imagine how scared I was, how nervous I was. This could go either really bad or could go really good. And thankfully my teammates embraced me with open arms, and it was great."
Krantz also told Rowe that his teammates knew he was gay before his family, as he didn't divulge his secret to them until a week later. He also said he didn't let recruiters know about his sexual orientation while in high school because he was worried it would affect his recruitment. KSU coach Bill Snyder said it would not have changed his evaluation of the player one bit.
Frantz started 13 games for Kansas State last season, and he joins Arizona defensive end My-King Johnson as an openly gay player active on the FBS level.