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Roy Simmons dies at 57; NFL player later came out as gay
Roy Simmons dies at 57; NFL player later came out as gay

The ability to disguise is valued in football, as it is essential to fooling an opponent. In a sense, offensive lineman Roy Simmons was better at concealing than most. Simmons hid his homosexuality from his New York Giants and Washington Redskins teammates throughout his career, and in retirement became the second NFL player to announce that he was gay. "If Roy had come out when he was a player, he would have been accepted," former Giants teammate Harry Carson said last week. "He would have been fine. I can state that emphatically because I was a captain and we had strong leadership in the locker room." Simmons, who had been hospitalized in New York in recent...

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