Nearly a year ago, during a team-building exercise, Kansas State’s Scott Frantz gathered up the courage to do something that he had been fearing, tell his teammates that he’s gay.
“So the very first time I said those words were in front of, you know, 110, 120 football guys,” Frantz told ESPN. “So you can imagine how scared I was, how nervous I was. … This could go either really bad or could go really good.”
According to ESPN, Frantz will be one of only two openly gay players in the FBS this season, but for Frantz, he may be wondering why he didn’t come out sooner. He sat down with Holly Rowe to talk about how the team accepted him.
“I came out to my teammates, and I’ve never felt so loved and so accepted ever in my life than when I did that,” Frantz said. “And ever since then it’s been great. I’ve grown so much closer to my teammates since. So it’s been an amazing experience.”
Frantz, an offensive tackle, was a 3-star member of the Wildcat’s 2015 class. After redshirting his freshman year, Frantz had a breakout year last season. He started in all 13 games, and was named to the All-Freshman Big 12 First Team.
The team’s overwhelmingly positive reaction wasn’t a surprise to coach Bill Snyder, either.
“I was quite comfortable that they would be very receptive and that they would treat him as they always said,” Snyder told Rowe, “as, you know, his teammate and someone that they cared about. And they did.”
It’s an encouraging story, and for Frantz, he hopes it will inspire others living in fear of how they may be accepted. For Kansas State and the team, it’s just another example of what it means to be a Wildcat. EMAW.