INDIANAPOLIS - Colts quarterback Andrew Luck said he hopes gay NFL players will feel free to come out.
"I hope if someone's thinking about (coming out), that if they do come out as gay and it makes them happy and it makes their life easier, then I think they should do it," Luck, 23, told CNN. "My first reaction is really good for him."
The league has yet to see an openly gay player, but Luck said his hope is that his gay colleagues would be treated the same as all other players.
"It's the 21st century, and I know I would have absolutely no problem with it," he said. "I hope no one would treat him any differently than any straight player, no special treatment -- he's just another guy."
Nick Murphy, the board president for Indy Pride, said Luck's comments were extremely meaningful for the LGBT community.
"Sports is sort of the last bastion of acceptance because there's this whole perception that to be gay is not to be macho," Murphy said.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told NFL.com he thinks the league would be accepting of gay players. Luck has similar expectations.
"When it does come, if it does come, I'd be disappointed if there was a negative reaction," Luck said.
Indy Pride is celebrating its 25th anniversary and kicked off a week-long celebration downtown Friday night. Board member Stephanie Swanson also reacted to Luck's support.
"So to have someone come forth like that and show their support, I commend him for that," Swanson said.
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