Wed, Jun 6, 2012 6:12 PM EDT

Wade Davis never came out while he was playing football for the Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, or the Washington Redskins. These days he's out, an advocate and a staff member at the Hetrick-Martin Institute, which serves lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning youth. "I think subconsciously, I understood that being gay -- the way I was raised -- was wrong," Davis told [Amy K. Nelson of SB Nation](http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2012/6/5/3065335/wade-davis-gay-in-nfl-video). "And there was no way that my family, at least, in my mind, would accept me. And also that my football family would accept me. Just because of the perception of being gay meant that you were less masculine."