Penn State’s James Franklin makes large donation to support Carl Nassib

Penn State Football head coach James Franklin offered his support to Carl Nassib, and made a large contribution to help prevent LGBTQ+ suicides

Penn State Football head coach James Franklin voiced his full support for Carl Nassib announcing he is gay, becoming the first gay active player in NFL History.

While Michael Sam became the first player drafted to come out, he never made an active roster.  Nassib is in the middle of a 3 year, $25 million contract and thus when he plays his first snap this fall, Carl will become the first active gay player in the National Football League.

In a tweet sent late Monday, Franklin stated he was proud of Carl when he led the nation in sacks but is even more proud now.

More from Franklin:

“If you know Carl, you know his strength.  Carl’s story continues to add chapters which will have an impact well beyond the field of play…(his) annoucnement will forge a path for others to be their authentic self.  His care and love for those aroudn him, particularly those in need, has always been obvious.”

In making his announcement yesterday, Carl Nassib announced a $100,000 donation to the Trevor Project, a national 24 hour toll free confidential suicide prevention hotline for LBTG youth.

Additionally, Franklin annoucned that he and Fumi will also make a donation of $10,000 to the Trevor Project.  Information on how to donate to this cause can be found here: