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Ryan Russell, a three-year veteran of the NFL has revealed his intentions to the league - as a proud bisexual man.

Russell, who is currently a free agent, was drafted by the Cowboys in 2015 after playing college football at Purdue. He spent one year playing for the Cowboys and then two years at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"I rationalized my fear because it was easy to convince myself that hiding who I was made the most sense. The competition is so stiff to stay in the league, that any small mark can lead a front office to choose another guy for your job," Russell said in an interview with ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz.

"Today, I have two goals: returning to the NFL, and living my life openly," he said. "Those two objectives shouldn't be in conflict. But judging from the fact that there isn't a single openly LGBTQ player in the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball or the NHL, brings me pause. I want to change that."

An openly gay athlete has never played a game for an NFL team, so if Russell were to be picked up by a team, he would officially make history.

Back in 2014, Michael Sam became the first openly gay player drafted when the St. Louis Rams selected him, but Sam didn't make the final 53-man roster. Three years later, former offensive lineman Ryan O'Callaghan came out as gay, but he had already retired back in 2011.

"I can say with confidence that LGBTQ players having the comfort to be themselves, date who they want, [and] share parts of their life with friends and teammates will not rank among those issues," he said.