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Arizona State awards Chip Sarafin a football scholarship

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  • By Bryan Fischer
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Last week, Chip Sarafin became the first active college football player to come out as gay.


When Chip Sarafin became the first active college football player to come out as gay, it was a historic moment for the sport just months after Michael Sam did the same prior to the 2014 NFL Draft.

Sarafin recently said he's been surprised by all the attention he's received in the aftermath of his decision to go public, but he was likely just as shocked on Wednesday when Arizona State head coach Todd Graham announced the offensive lineman would be put on scholarship at the school.

A backup offensive center, Sarafin was a walk-on for three years with the team after former Sun Devils head coach Frank Kush helped him make it to Tempe. He saw action on special teams in 2013, according to the school, and is expected to once again play in a reserve role this season.

"I'm hoping that stuff like this won't be such a big news story, that people will hear stories like this and it won't be such a big thing," Sarafin said last week. "Eventually, players will be who they are and it's just that, but right now there still needs to be role models for those types of players."

Sarafin certainly can be one of those role models for others after not only taking the brave step by announcing he was gay but by earning a Division I scholarship.

The 6-foot-6, 320-pounder has already completed his bachelor's degree and is currently pursing a masters in biomedical engineering.

Follow Bryan Fischer on Twitter @BryanDFischer.

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