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On Thursday, Jacksonville Jaguars associate strength coach Kevin Maxen made history when he came out as gay, becoming the first openly gay male professional coach in major U.S. sports.

During an interview with Outsports, Kevin Maxen made it clear that he wants to be an inspiration to others to encourage them to “live their life without fear”.

“I don’t want to feel like I have to think about it anymore,” Maxen told Outsports. “I don’t want to feel like I have to lie about who I am seeing, or why I am living with someone else. I want to be vocal in support of people living how they want to live, but I also want to just live and not feel fear about how people will react.”

Maxen said he only recently decided it was the right time to make his announcement public.

“It wasn’t until recently – and with the immense love and support of my family, my friends, colleagues, and peers, and the courage and sacrifice from my partner – that I realized I have the right and responsibility to love and be loved, and that maybe sharing this will hopefully give someone else the strength to accept their own life and take control of their own story.”

It’s a major announcement, and the NFL world had plenty to say about it.

It’s certainly a historic day for the NFL.