Out of Bounds by Roy Simmons
Coming Out of Sexual Abuse, Addiction, and My Life of Lies in the NFL Closet

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The second NFL player ever to come out as gay and the first ever to come out as HIV-positive, Roy Simmons was an up-and-coming star offensive lineman who quit football after just four years rather than be exposed as gay. Out of Bounds tells his compelling story-from his rape at age 10 to being plucked from his poor Southern background to join the NFL, from his first taste of pro football fame and sudden enormous wealth to his fast-paced, no holds barred nightlife of heavy drugs and countless sexual encounters with women and men. Simmons led a roller-coaster life that peaked in the late 1980s with his playing in the Superbowl. Ultimately, however, reckless living left him penniless, friendless, and on the brink of suicide. Finally in 1992, Simmons tapped the courage to come out as gay on national TV—then coming out as HIV-positive 10 years later—leading him to a healthy path of sobriety and self-acceptance.

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Roy Simmons is only one of three former NFL players to publicly disclose his homosexuality. Simmons, an offensive lineman with the New York Giants and Washington Redskins from 1979-84, came out as gay on television in 1992. Simmons works as a supervisor in a Long Island drug halfway house.Damon DiMarco is the author of Tower Stories: The Autobiography of September 11, 2001. He’s currently on the faculty of Drew University and lives in New York.
Published December 13, 2005 by Carroll & Graf. 260 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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He was circumspect about his sexuality (“if you play things cool and don’t rub people’s faces in your shit, they’ll let you get away with just about anything”), but never honest about it: “Roz didn’t care about Sheila and Sheila didn’t know about Roz .

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Leah Wilson, an editor at BenBella Books, agrees: "In describing itself in terms of what it's not, This Is Not Chick Lit delivers an implied slight on both chick lit and the women who write it."

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Windy City Media

No matter how talented he might have been on the field, Roy Simmons will always be remembered as the second National Football League ( NFL ) football player to come out of the closet ( in 1992 ) and the first to disclose his HIV-positive status ( in 2003 ) .

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