NFL player Carl Nassib quietly confirmed that he is in a relationship with former Olympic swimmer Søren Dahl in a heartwarming Instagram post.
“Kicking off 2023 with my man and a trip to the playoffs,” he wrote in a story on the platform, which was shared alongside an image of the two standing together outside what appears to be a stadium.
Dahl can be seen wearing a Nassib jersey in the image.
Although Nassib keeps his personal life incredibly private, this is not the first time the two being together has been hinted at.
Towards the end of 2022, Dahl shared an Instagram picture of them together alongside a caption that read “Weekend 11/10” with a heart emoji which Nassib later reposted.
The athlete will soon return to the playoffs – which are scheduled to begin on 14 January – after making history as the first out NFL player to play in a playoff game in 2022 when he was signed to the Las Vegas Raiders.Nassib used his coming out in June 2021 to highlight the work of the Trevor Project, a charity for LGBTQ+ youth considering suicide, by announcing a $100,000 donation to it.
This was quickly matched by the NFL, which shared its commitment to “year-long efforts around diversity, equity, and inclusion”.
During his first press conference after sharing that he is gay, Nassib revealed that he was shocked by how much attention his coming out received.
“It was incredible,” he said in August 2021. “I thought nobody would care. But it was just such a good feeling to have all that support. I was glad to do my part to help bring visibility and representation to my community.”
The athlete also used the opportunity to dismiss those raising concerns that his sexuality would cause issues with other teammates.
“We’ve got a great locker room, great teammates. I’ve been met with nothing but love and support. It has been incredible,” he continued.
“Football players get a bad wrap. But we’re humble, hard-working, accepting people. This was a great example of that.”