Jason Collins is a basketball player who played for the Celtics and the Wizards this year.
He’s 34 years old, and he is seven feet tall and weighs 255 pounds.
He is charismatic, intelligent and well educated.
On the court, he is a tough, physical player.
All of those facts describe Collins.
But there is one fact about him that he revealed in Sports Illustrated magazine this week, that relatively few people knew.
Collins is gay.
He is the first male professional athlete, who is still playing a major North American sport, to openly announce that that he is gay.