Carl Nassib Is Seeking His Path as an Out Athlete Nassib, the N.F.L. player who made history this week when he came out as gay, has long yearned to make a difference in the world. Opinion | Carl Nassib Came Out. Coaches and Teammates Need to Step Up.Allies have a big role to play in making L.G.B.T.Q. youth feel safe enough to play sports. Carl Nassib Was an N.F.L. Everyman. Then He Came Out as Gay.“I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now,” the N.F.L. lineman said. He is the first active player in the league to identify as gay.