Arizona State OL Chip Sarafin comes out as gay
Arizona State offensive lineman Chip Sarafin publicly came out as gay in a magazine article published this month.
Sarafin, who is a redshirt senior and originally walked on to the Sun Devils football team, told Phoenix-based Compete magazine that he came out to his teammates last spring.
“It was really personal for me and it benefited my peace of mind greatly,” Sarafin said.
At 6-foot-6 and 320 pounds, Sarafin is one of the largest offensive linemen on the team. He played on the scout team from 2010-2012 and “added depth” to the line last season, according to his bio. It does not appear that he has seen game action yet, which makes him much less of an impact player compared to someone like Michael Sam, who was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year. However, Sarafin has come out while active.
Sarafin’s Compete article talks about his academic pursuits. Sarafin is a biomedical engineering major and pursuing his master’s in that field. He is also studying for the MCATs. Sarafin says he is working on developing a carbon fiber football helmet and his ultimate goal is to become a neurologist. Oh yeah, for anyone who was romantically interested in him, he also says he has a boyfriend.