Ex-Patriot Reveals How Robert Kraft Supported Him After Coming Out


In June 2017, former New England Patriots lineman Ryan O’Callaghan became one of the few NFL players to reveal he’s gay.

And in his new book “My Life on the Line: How the NFL Damn Near Killed Me, and Ended up Saving My Life,” the 36-year-old details how Pats owner Robert Kraft supported him at the time.

In fact, Kraft told O’Callaghan how proud he was of his decision to come out.

“Spending a few minutes privately with Mr. Kraft in his office is surreal,” O’Callaghan wrote in the book, per USA TODAY Sports. “It’s just him and me, with a couple hundred people outside his office door. … I never got that treatment when I was on his payroll. For (Kraft), who opens up to me about a gay friend, I am the most important person in the world in those few moments. Given where I have been in the previous dozen years, he is equally the most important person in the world for me right then and there.”

O’Callaghan’s book is slated for a September release.

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