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Connor Barwin's Support of Gay Rights Is Story of Texans Camp, and That's Good

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 07:  Connor Barwin #98 of the Houston Texans is introduced prior to the AFC Wildcard Playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals on January 7, 2012 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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James DoubleUAnalyst IJune 14, 2012

Connor Barwin has been getting some attention lately, and not for his 11.5 sacks last season, or his graduation to pass-rusher numero uno for the Houston Texans.

It all started when President Obama committed to supporting same-sex marriage. Barwin tweeted his support of the president.

Outsports picked it up and reported on his series of tweets. (For those of you who, like me, are unfamiliar with Twitter, read them from the bottom up.)

Barwin then saw this and contacted Outsports to talk about the issue. Apparently, Barwin was the first active professional athlete to contact them about LGBT issues rather than the other way around.

Barwin was then interviewed by SB Nation in a video (Barwin speaks via Skype but does not appear.)

Barwin, who has a gay brother and cousin, seems to think that not only would the Texans' locker room accept an openly gay teammate, but that the fanbase would as well.

Shaun Cody responded with a humorous tweet in support, and apparently multiple other teammates also spoke to him positively about his comments, so it seems that he's probably right about the locker room.

As for the fanbase, they would only need to "just win, baby." (And not be Jacoby Jones.)

Barwin is hardly alone in his feelings, however. According to this video interview between an SB Nation interviewer and an Outsports writer, former Texan Ahman Green has a gay brother and sister, and Robert Griffin III played with an openly gay teammate in high school. Wade Davis, a multiple-time NFL camp casualty who never played in the regular season, has also recently come out.

It's almost guaranteed that at any time, some active member of an NFL roster (probably multiple) is gay but feels they have to keep it a secret.

Barwin's open support for such players being able to come out openly to their teams and the public is now the big story to come out of Texans camp.

And if you're a Texans fan, that's great news.

And not just if you're a supporter of LGBT issues.

Think about it. What was the big story before today?

Mario Williams, predictably, doesn't re-sign.

Eric Winston, somewhat surprisingly, is released.

DeMeco Ryans is traded.

Jacoby Jones is released.

Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson are recovering from injuries.

Brett Hartmann is serving a three-game suspension.

UFA Dwight Jones declares himself "the next Andre Johnson."

Dwight Jones quits.

That's it.

I mean, that's it. The big news story this year, other than holdovers from the season or predictable cap cuts, was an undrafted free agent quitting before minicamp.

No holdouts. (Well, the third-rounders haven't signed yet, but give it time.)

No divas.

No DUIs.

No arrests.

No freak season-ending injuries.

No fights.

No Hard Knocks.

No drama.

Sure, wide receiver is a big question mark, and one of your rookie O-Linemen is too fat.

But so far, so good.

Sure, minicamp is just ending, and there's still a long way to go before the season.

But if the Texans are lucky enough that this remains the most newsworthy story out of camp all the way down to the roster cuts, it means great things for the upcoming season.

Well, if you've gotten this far, you deserve a treat, so this one's for the ladies (and the gents):

Shaun Cody's tweet about Connor Barwin's slutty uniform (with pic).

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