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Raiders' Carl Nassib Has NFL's Top-Selling Jersey on Fanatics After Coming Out as Gay

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJune 23, 2021

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Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib has the highest-selling NFL jersey on Fanatics, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The spike in Nassib's popularity comes after he announced Monday he's gay, becoming the first active NFL player to do so.

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Las Vegas Raiders DE Carl Nassib comes out as gay<br><br>He also announced a $100K donation to the Trevor Project, a suicide prevention organization for LGBTQ youth. pic.twitter.com/5Xobd9s0pp

He also announced he was making a $100,000 donation to the Trevor Project, which "[provides] crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25." The NFL matched the donation:

NFL @NFL

We stand beside you, Carl.<br><br>Join us by contributing to the @TrevorProject and all it does for LGBTQ+ youth: https://t.co/J8Q22Lyeu7 pic.twitter.com/TI51FbQPaL

The 28-year-old received support from across the league:

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From Commissioner Goodell: pic.twitter.com/MbgGt6AuGs

Julian Edelman @Edelman11

Awesome moment. Spreading the love to the @TrevorProject very classy move. ❤️ https://t.co/pOWGsvRMUW

JJ Watt @JJWatt

Good for you Carl.<br><br>Glad you feel comfortable enough to share and hopefully someday these types of announcements will no longer be considered breaking news. https://t.co/eevr8cgRay

Saquon Barkley @saquon

Much respect brudda ✊🏾 https://t.co/1G2ewVOWje

Michael Sam was the first gay player to be selected by an NFL team in the draft. Sam came out in February 2014, and the St. Louis Rams took him with the 249th overall pick that May. The Rams cut him before the start of the regular season, and a brief stint with the Dallas Cowboys met the same outcome.

Nassib, who starred at Penn State, was a third-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2016. He also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before arriving in Las Vegas. Through 73 career appearances, he has 20.5 sacks and 36 tackles for loss.

Nassib is in the second season of a three-year, $25.3 million contract he signed with the Raiders.

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