Why couldn't it be a big, mean, scary defensive end with a reputation for hurting people?
Nope, just like so many other entertainment products, the NFL may cast itself with a stereotype. The first openly gay player could very well be former Middle Tennessee State kicker Alan Gendreau. That's right, a kicker.
Most football players see kickers as an unfortunate necessity, the little guy with the wierd name whose uniform never seems to get dirty and spends most of his time on the sideline with the cheerleaders but never talks to them.
In other words, they are the super neat, better dressed guy who never really seems to sweat and who doesn't seem to notice the hot chicks right next to him.
If that isn't playing to a stereotype, I sure as hell don't know what is.
Openly gay former college kicker Alan Gendreau trying to get in NFL