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Team: Arizona State Sun Devils
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 320

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Arizona State awarded redshirt senior OL Edward Sarafin and four others scholarships.
Redshirt junior defensive back Jordan Simone, redshirt sophomore receiver Fred Gammage, Brandon Matthews, and redshirt junior linebacker Jason Franklin were the other four players. Sarafin recently announced he is gay, making him the first active FBS player to do so. Thu, Aug 21, 2014 10:12:00 AM

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Arizona State redshirt senior OL Edward "Chip" Sarafin said he is surprised by the attention he has received since announcing he was gay.

"I was a little nervous when it came to my attention what a big influence this was having," Sarafin said Thursday. "I did not intend for it to get to the magnitude that it did." In coming out during an interview with the magazine Compete, Sarafin became the first active openly gay Division I football player. "I'm hoping that stuff like this won't be such a big news story, that people will hear stories like this and it won't be such a big thing," Sarafin said. "Eventually, players will be who they are and it's just that, but right now there still needs to be role models for those types of players." Sarafin's teammates didn't take his announcement as a big deal. "I'm really proud of our guys. It's not something that's a surprise to us," Arizona State coach Todd Graham said.
Sun, Aug 17, 2014 01:08:00 AM

Arizona State redshirt senior OL Edward Sarafin announced he is gay during an interview with Compete.

Compete is a Tempe, Arizona-based LGBT publication. "It was really personal to me and it benefited my peace of mind greatly," Sarafin said regarding his decision to come out to his teammates last spring before announcing it to the public. Sarafin is the first active FBS player to publicly reveal he is gay. The redshirt senior has already graduated with a degree in biomedical engineering.
Source: Compete
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 09:21:00 AM