“Some colleges really didn’t want a gay football player, and I understand that,” he told The Athletic. “It’s a tough sport. Everybody has to be quote-unquote tough. But I was like, I want to be who I am, and I want to inspire other people to be who they are, too.”
Despite being out and living as his most authentic self, navigating the often-homophobic world of football hasn’t always been easy, which led to some built-up frustration for McDowell. He explained:
“Man, I never knew I had so much built-up aggression than when I’m pass-rushing. I swear I have anger issues. But it’s that adrenaline rush I love. I live for it.”
According to his profile on Fox Sports, McDowell is a 6’3” defensive lineman. On social media, he can be seen living his best life and regularly showing his LGBTQ+ pride. We have to stan!
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