Ravens' Suggs, NFL players lend names to LGBT Pride shirts
By MICHAEL GOLD
The Baltimore Sun|
Jun 12, 2013 | 4:44 PM
Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs is among a group of football players who have put their names and jersey numbers on a T-shirt line that celebrates LGBT Pride Month.
The NFL Players' Association has launched a One Team Pride Shirts T-shirt line meant to raise awareness for equality. Proceeds from the shirts (which are being sold on the NFLPA's official online store) benefit Athlete Ally, a nonprofit seeking to promote inclusion and tolerance in sports.
While Suggs has voiced his openness to an openly gay teammate, he has been far from the Ravens' most vocal player on the issue of LGBT rights. That distinction belongs to former teammate Brendon Ayanbadejo, an outspoken gay-rights advocate whose name also graces the back of a "Pride Shirt."
"I am extremely excited that the NFLPA’s One Team Shop is adding its name to the list of ever-growing allies," said Ayanbadejo in a statement. "The simple fact that football players believe in equality for every human being is going to make an impact on a lot of peoples' lives."
In addition to Suggs and Ayanbadejo, shirts are also available with the names and jersey numbers of former Ravens Donte Stallworth and Domonique Foxworth, as well as Chris Kluwe, Connor Barwin, Scott Fujita, Steve Gleason, Chris Gocong and Eric Winston.
What do you think of the vintage-influenced shirt design? Will you buy one?