On Wednesday, San Francisco 49ers defensive back Chris Culliver made headlines by speaking out against the presence of gay and homosexual players in the NFL. Though Culliver since retracted his comments (to whatever insignificant degree they can be retracted), it is the very paradigm that Culliver operates in that has New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck convinced that there will not be any openly gay players in the NFL for some time.
Tuck said "there's no place" in the NFL for hate and discrimination, in response to Culliver's comments. But as for having an openly gay teammate, Tuck added, "Do I think it's going to be any time soon? No, I don't."
Tuck was also asked about Michael Strahan and his opportunity to get voted into the Hall of Fame this coming Saturday. It is not only something Tuck believes should happen, but he believes that if Strahan is to be honored properly that he will get in on his first ballot.
"If it's not called, it'll be a black gloom day for the NFL. I don’t see how he’s not a shoe-in for a first-ballot Hall of Famer. I’ve seen that guy in his 14th, 15th year take over games. I feel as though he’s definitely a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame, and it’s well-deserved. Really, you think about the success that he had, being the focal point for all those years and still being very successful. It’s a testament to how hard he worked and how talented he is."
Tuck is one not alone in his belief that Strahan belongs in and belongs in as soon as possible.