Former defensive back Troy Vincent said that during his 15-year
Vincent, recently named executive vice president of football operations for the league, said those teammates had not publicly announced their sexual orientation but that teammates were aware.
"They were players," he said. "Roommates on the road. We didn't treat them any differently.
"We played together, practiced together, won football games together."
Vincent made his comments at a round-table discussion in New York on Thursday between NFL officials and members of the Associated Press Sports Editors.
Part of that discussion focused on
"We've had a lot of discussion with our clubs, with our players, with our personnel, to make sure we provide the best possible environment, professional environment, where everybody has the opportunity to play," he said.
"And that's what Michael Sam wants.... We're going to make sure we provide that kind of opportunity for him."
Vincent, a former president of the