Ex-Cowboys linebacker Jeff Rohrer to marry partner: ‘Openly live the life I was born to live’

, USA TODAY

A former Dallas Cowboys linebacker will become the first known NFL player to be a part of a same-sex marriage when he weds his partner this weekend, according to The New York Times.

The newspaper reportedWednesday that Jeff Rohrer, who played in 83 games over six seasons with the Cowboys, will make history Sunday when he marries Joshua Ross a little more than two decades after playing his final NFL snap.

“If I had told the Dallas Cowboys in the 1980s that I was gay, I would have been cut immediately,” Rohrer told The Times. “It was a different world back then; people didn’t want to hear that.”

A second-round draft pick out of Yale in 1982, Rohrer played sparingly when he arrived in the league but went on to record double-digit starts at linebacker in each of his final three seasons with the Cowboys, picking up 7.5 sacks along the way. He missed the entire 1988 season due to back surgery and was released in 1989.

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