Gay Man in the NFL
02/23/2006 AT 05:00 PM EST
It was a leap of faith for a gay man who, for most of his life, had lived in the closet – never more so than in the nine anxious years he spent in the NFL. With the publication of Alone in the Trenches, Tuaolo is now traveling the country, speaking out about his remarkable journey.
When I was 5, I heard a friend call another friend mahu. I asked what it meant. "Faggot," he told me in Samoan. Ooh, he likes boys, I thought, That's bad. Then I thought, Uh-oh.