After years away from the spotlight, Jeff Rohrer, a retired Dallas Cowboys linebacker and Yale University graduate, just dropped a bombshell about his personal life. As RadarOnline.com has learned, the ex-NFL star is gay — and engaged!
“I’m sure there’s going to be some people out there who have a negative reaction to this,” Rohrer told the New York Times in an interview, “and I’m fine with it.”
He added that while his homosexuality is not a big deal to him, he stopped himself from revealing that aspect of his life early on because he was scared about how it would affect his football career.
“If I had told the Dallas Cowboys in the 1980s that I was gay, I would have been cut immediately. It was a different world back then, people didn’t want to hear that,” said Rohrer, 59.
As Radar readers know, the retired athlete was previously married to a woman, with whom he has two teenage kids. However, when their relationship ended, he decided to come clean about his true sexuality.
“People are born gay, as I was, though being gay was just something that had no place during the course of my football life,” he admitted.
“But when I got divorced, I said the hell with it, I’m going to do what I’ve always wanted to do,” he said in his interview. “Then I found Josh, and began to openly live the life I was born to live.”
Rohrer now shares a home with fiancé Joshua Ross, a celebrity aesthetician and the founder of SkinLab.
The two met in 2015, when the former linebacker was still “completely in the closet.” He told the Times that if it hadn’t been for Ross, “I’d still be in there.”
After deciding to come out as gay, Rohrer couldn’t wait to start a life with Ross. The two are set to marry at the Los Angeles Wattles Mansion Gardens in a ceremony with 150 guests. Both grooms will wear Salvatore Ferragamo tuxedos to say “I do.”
While both Ross and Rohrer are ecstatic to begin their journey as a married couple, the ex-football star told the publication that it was not an easy task to get all his pals on board.
“I’ve given at least five people heart attacks with this news,” he said. “But for the most part, many of my closest friends, including some of my former teammates with the Cowboys, could not have been more happy and supportive.”
One of the friends on his side: former NFL Senior Vice President of Communications, Greg Aiello.
“People who really know Jeff will be happy for him, and proud of him for living his truth,” Aiello told Times, speaking of Rohrer’s upcoming nuptial.
Congratulations Jeff Rohrer and Joshua Ross!
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