Robbie Rogers’ soccer career has come to an end. The 25-year old soccer player came out as gayin a blog post written at 1 am this morning. In the final paragraph, Rogers announces that he is leaving the game behind:
“Now is my time to step away. It’s time to discover myself away from football. It’s 1 A.M. in London as I write this and I could not be happier with my decision. Life is so full of amazing things. I realized I could only truly enjoy my life once I was honest. Honesty is a bitch but makes life so simple and clear. My secret is gone, I am a free man, I can move on and live my life as my creator intended.”
With Robbie Rogers’ soccer career now over, the Stevenage Football Club is one player smaller. The League One soccer team is based in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England. Rogers also played for the United States men’s national soccer team for three years. He began his soccer career after playing one season at the University of Maryland.
Rogers wrote earlier in the same blog post:
“I always thought I could hide this secret. Football was my escape, my purpose, my identity. Football hid my secret, gave me more joy than I could have ever imagined… I will always be thankful for my career. I will remember Beijing, The MLS Cup, and most of all my teammates. I will never forget the friends I have made a long the way and the friends that supported me once they knew my secret.”
Major respect to @robbierogers on his decision to come out. Will be missed on the field. Leaving the game at 25.
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) February 15, 2013
Robbie Rogers’ soccer fans are sure to have mixed feelings, but some people have already taken to Twitter to show their support.