NFL Players Association President: Jason Collins a ‘Great Role Model'

May 6, 2013 - 4:17 PM

Domonique Foxworth

Domonique Foxworth, former cornerback with the Baltimore Ravens and president of the National Football League Players Association (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - In an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Domonique Foxworth, president of the National Football League Players Association and former cornerback with the Baltimore Ravens, said NBA player Jason Collins’ announcement last week that he is a gay will make him a "great role model."

“So not only is Jason going to be a great role model for young athletes who are gay,” Foxworth said. “These overall role models, kind of the epitome of masculinity in our society, are our athletes.

“And they – people trump up their masculinity because they're so strong and so fast and so tough,” Foxworth said. “But that physical strength is nothing in comparison to the level of strength that they show when they stand up for an oppressed minority, or they stand and they make a stand when someone says something that's offensive, and I think that's, setting that example is starting to change.

“And I've been so proud to be a part of this segment of athletic history because we are taking this on and we are redefining masculinity and showing a new dimension of masculinity that I'm so proud to be a part of,” Foxworth said.

Introducing the segment of the show, CBS called it the “changing face of sports.” Others interviewed were lesbians Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova, and former NFL player and homosexual Esera Tualo.