Memoir from the second NFL player to come out as gay and first HIV +
Carroll & Graf
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The second NFL player ever to come out as gay and the
first ever to come out as HIV-positive, Roy Simmons was an
up-and-coming star offensive lineman who quit football after
just four years rather than be exposed as gay. Out of
Bounds tells his compelling story-from his rape at age
10 to being plucked from his poor Southern background to
join the NFL, from his first taste of pro football fame and
sudden enormous wealth to his fast-paced, no holds barred
nightlife of heavy drugs and countless sexual encounters
with women and men. Simmons led a roller-coaster life that
peaked in the late 1980s with his playing in the Superbowl.
Ultimately, however, reckless living left him penniless,
friendless, and on the brink of suicide. Finally in 1992,
Simmons tapped the courage to come out as gay on national
TV--then coming out as HIV-positive 10 years later--leading
him to a healthy path of sobriety and self-acceptance.
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