An NFL Pro's Anguished, Secret Defense Play

Ex-Lineman to Recount Victory Over Fears About Revealing His Sexuality

Jan. 25, 2008

Former pro football player Esera Tuaolo will talk Wednesday Jan. 30 about life inside the  NFL closet and the courage it took for him to live openly.

Alone in the Trenches book jacketThe free lecture, at noon in the UT Dallas Conference Center, is sponsored by the Student Union & Activities Advisory Board, the Multicultural Center and the Women’s Center.  Lunch will be served.

Tuaolo was a defensive lineman for five different NFL teams and played in Super Bowl XXXIII with the Atlanta Falcons. Despite his professional success, as a gay man, he felt forced to hide his sexuality. The secret led to depression, excessive drinking and thoughts of suicide.

After retirement from professional football, Tuaolo became one of only three gay former NFL  players to ever publicly acknowledge their sexuality.

His autobiography, Alone in the Trenches, recounts the tale. Tuaolo tells the story about the behind the-scenes world of professional football and what happens on the field and in the locker room.

No reservations are required for the event, and lunch is free as well.

More information: Student Union and Student Activities Board, (972) 883-6449

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Esera Tuaolo
Esera Tuaolo played on five NFL teams.

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