The 30-year-old Minnesota Vikings punter recently wrote an open letter to Maryland state delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr., who told the Baltimore Ravens to “order” their linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo to stop advocating for marriage equality. Here is what Chris had to share on his stance:
On taking a stand for gay rights: “It’s all about the Golden Rule. Treat other people as you want to be treated. It’s that simple. It’s something that needs to be spoken about, and it’s something I can do while fulfilling my job as a football player.”
On breaking the football player stereotype: “I’ve always relished breaking that stereotype of the dumb jock athlete because while I enjoyed athletics growing up, I also enjoyed reading and video games, and athletic sport is not what defines me as a person. I think as more and more generations start rising through the NFL, a lot of these kids see that it’s OK to be something other than an athlete.”
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