Former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jeff Rohrer will marry boyfriend Joshua Ross in Los Angeles this weekend, becoming the first NFL player known to be part of a same-sex marriage.
Rohrer, who turns 60 on Christmas Day, will tie the knot with Joshua Ross in California.
The couple has been together for more than two years. This will be Rohrer’s second marriage. His first, from which he has two teenage children, ended in divorce.
This is the first marriage for Ross, a skin-care expert and aesthetician in West Hollywood.
For years, Rohrer kept his sexual orientation secret.
“Living with my family in that (Southern California) community, it was not acceptable,” Rohrer told Outsports. “That was not part of the plan, and it wasn’t going to happen. When I went to Yale, it was the same thing there. And then I got drafted by the Cowboys. What am I going to do, come out then?”
He met Ross in 2015. He recently came out publicly through the media.
“My experience is that people are born gay, and anyone who wants to dispute that I’d be happy to have a conversation with them, including Mike Pence,” Rohrer said to Outsports. “I’d love to sit down with him.”
Maybe one day players can be who they are rather than hide their sexual orientation.
Former Dallas Cowboys LB Jeff Rohrer will become the first known NFL player to be in a same-sex marriage when he marries Joshua Ross on Sunday.
— New Day (@NewDay) November 16, 2018
Congrats to the happy couple!