Former Husker kicker was openly gay, accepted by teammates

2014-02-12T15:34:00Z 2014-02-12T15:34:39Z Former Husker kicker was openly gay, accepted by teammatesBy the Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com
February 12, 2014 3:34 pm  • 

In the wake of Michael Sam's announcement, former Nebraska kicker Eric Lueshen told 93.7 The Ticket on Wednesday that he was openly gay, and his teammates accepted him when he played for the Huskers in 2004-05.

Deadspin first posted a story about Lueshen on Wednesday.

In the interview, Lueshen said he came out to teammates and good friends, Sean Hill and Corey McKeon, when they asked him if he was gay. After coming out, he said he went from "being a very scared and somewhat shy gay person on the team to a very welcomed and loved teammate of many."

But not everyone in the locker room was as accepting as his teammates.

"Once everyone found out, several coaches made it very clear to me that I wasn't welcome. I would say the majority of how they made it known that I was unwelcome was through non-verbal communication -- body language, looks -- but there was definitely some verbal things at times," Lueshen told the Ticket.

Lueshen did say that Nebraska's head coach at the time, Bill Callahan, was "accepting of me."

"I know in the conversations I've had with him, how much he respected me as a person," Lueshen said of Callahan.

The interview is in two parts (part one | part two) and is worth a listen.

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