Carl Nassib was born on April 12, 1993 in West Chester, PA.
In 2015 Nassib won the Vince Lombardi Award as College football's top lineman and the Ted Hendricks award as the nation's top defensive end. A year later Cleveland selected the Penn State product with the 65th overall pick.
Now a member of the Las Vegas Raiders, Nassib posted a video message to his fans announcing he is gay, making him the first active NFL player to openly identify as such. #Pride
I have to admit my ignorance here.
When I saw the headline that "Nassib comes out as NFL's first active gay player" my initial reaction was Ryan Nassib is still in the league?
Um, no. The former Giants backup QB is not an active player. However he is Carl's older brother.
I used to be a lot more knowledgeable of NFL rosters. Every summer I would go to the book store and pick up the Athlon Pro Football Preview issue, and then I'd sit in my bedroom and study every team's depth chart. Nowadays I can only name three of Nassib's teammates on the Raiders without looking. There's Derek Carr.. and Josh Jacobs, and....Henry Ruggs?
All but one of Carl Nassib's 130 cards were released in his rookie year of 2016. I have one in my 2016 Donruss set and didn't even know it:
Until yesterday, the only card of these defensive linemen doing Combine drills that stood out to me was the Packer, Kenny Clark. Within hours of Nassib's announcement this RC soared from a 50 cent card to over $20 shipped:
Burbank Sportscards - a trusted and reliable megastore - sold a Donruss Optic holo for $0.99 yesterday.
COMC - whose reputation has been slammed over the past year - sold three copies of the same card for over $10 after Nassib shared his story:
I'm not sure how I feel about this. On one hand I'm encouraged that more collectors are seeking out his singles in support; the whole reason I saw these sale prices was because I was searching eBay for his lone 2019 issue - a Score autograph. (There are none on eBay but a notorious TCDB user suddenly has one for trade. Hmmm.)
On the other hand the fact that people are profiting off Carl Nassib's personal truth and putting pride flags in their listing is a little off-putting. I guess it's better than dealing with people who are purging his cards from their collection because they are anti-LGBTQ (as referenced above).
Either way, it doesn't look like I'll be adding any of Carl's cards to my collection for a while. But I plan to do so down the road. And I will be rooting for him to succeed and be accepted in the 2021 season and beyond.
Thanks for reading!