Carl Nassib has claimed the NFL’s top-selling jersey across the Fanatics network on Monday and Tuesday, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Nassib’s reported skyrocketing jersey sales come fewer than 24 hours after the Raiders defensive end on Monday became the first active NFL player to come out as gay. It seemingly is the latest instance of Nassib receiving tremendous support after coming out — not just by his team, the league and current and former players, but also fans as well.
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“What’s up, people? I’m at my house in West Chester, Pennsylvania. I just wanted to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay,” Nassib said in a Monday Instagram post. “I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now but finally feel comfortable getting it off my chest. I really have the best life, the best family, friends and job a guy can ask for.”
“I’m a pretty private person so I hope you guys know that I’m not doing this for attention. I just think that representation and visibility are so important.”
In his announcement, Nassib also pledged $100,000 to The Trevor Project, a nonprofit organization geared toward preventing suicides among LGBTQ+ youth. The NFL decided to match Nassib’s charitable donation of $100,000 as well:
Nassib, the 65th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, spent his first two seasons in the league with the Browns, signing with the Buccaneers in 2018. There, he recorded 12.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss over two years. The former Penn State standout — the Nittany Lions also expressed their support for him — tallied 28 tackles, 2.5 sacks, five passes defended and an interception with the Raiders in 2020.