Carl Nassib started his Monday night by making history as the first openly gay athlete to compete in an NFL regular season competition.
He finished it hours later with the game’s most important defensive play, forcing an overtime fumble that saw his Las Vegas Raiders claim a thrilling 33-27 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.
With the score tied, 27-27, and his team reeling from an end zone interception that appeared to cost Las Vegas a win, Nassib sacked Lamar Jackson and knocked the ball out of the quarterback’s hands. -back star of the Ravens.
After the mind-blowing game, the Raiders, on the team’s official Twitter account, said: “Carl Nassib’s forced fumble gets us back in business.”
The fumble was picked up by Darius Philon, and two games later Las Vegas conceded a touchdown pass from Derek Carr to Zay Jones.
During the post-match press conference, a reporter said he saw a fan at the Allegiant Stadium wearing a Raiders jersey with Nassib’s number – and was continually being stopped by other supporters Silver & Black, cheering her on with shouts of “straight on, straight on!”
” It’s incredible ; that’s a beautiful story. I like this. I would have liked to be able to see [him]Nassib replied.
“I’ve played in a lot of games, now it’s my sixth year, I’m trying to make sure I really remember every game. I won’t forget this one, ”he added.
After the action-packed game, which ended in overtime, sports site LGBTQ Outsports summed it up best.
“For this game to end this way with this player making this game… Hollywood writers all over the world are jealous,” wrote Outsports founder Cyd Zeigler. “People in the LGBTQ community, and even a lot of people outside, will be talking about this one for years to come.”
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