joshuaandjeffrey/Instagram(NEW YORK) — When retired NFL player Jeff Rohrer tied the knot with Joshua Ross over the weekend, becoming the first ex-NFL player to be in a same-sex marriage, he said the decision was a relief after living in the closet for most of his life.
"I followed my heart," the 59-year-old told ABC News.
It wasn't until he divorced his wife a decade ago that he was able to truly tap into his feelings.
"I was living the life of a straight man for most of my life," he said. "My generation, it just was never part of the narrative."
Rohrer, an ex-Cowboys player, married 36-year-old Ross, the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" aesthetician, over the weekend in front of more than 100 family and friends.
Rohrer came out to the world last week.
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"I feared the worst with my kids, I feared the worst with my family, I feared the worst with my friends, I feared the worst with my teammates," he said. "I feared the worst with past teammates and I would say 99.4 percent I was wrong."
Ross and Rohrer said they've heard from other athletes grappling with the same issues.
"There was a young kid playing, I don't think it was professional baseball I think it was college baseball, and he basically sent along a message saying thank you so much and I need advice," Ross said.
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