From humble beginnings, Gay Bowl attracts NFL sponsors and touches lives
Updated 4:14 AM ET, Wed October 17, 2018
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Denver, Colorado (CNN)Magic, it seemed, was possible any time Dorien Bryant touched the ball.
Electric runs like the 98-yard opening kickoff return for a touchdown in front of 108,000 at Penn State, or the 95-yard score at home against Northwestern, or the touchdown catches of 53 and 41 yards against Indiana State peppered his college football career.
Bryant left Purdue University in 2007 as the school's career leader in all-purpose yards, setting multiple Big Ten conference records before signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Yet just a year later, the playmaker was out of football, walking away from an offer from the Tennessee Titans and reportedly ignoring a call from the Dallas Cowboys.
"I came out when I was 24 or 25," Bryant tells CNN Sport of his decision to live openly as a gay athlete about a year after ending his NFL pursuit. "It was more of my choice, I didn't try and push it."
"I never wanted to be a figurehead for a movement; I don't want to be that guy."