W.G. RAMIREZ, Related Press
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas Raiders defensive finish Carl Nassib described the electrical ambiance inside a frenzied Allegiant Stadium with one phrase: “Bananas.”
However of the 61,756 rabid followers in attendance for “Monday Evening Soccer,” one simply occurred to be a non-football fan.
Andrew Erazos, a 60-year-old server at a neighborhood steakhouse, is a Carl Nassib-fan.
And when Nassib got here out publicly as homosexual on Instagram in June, Erazos was moved a lot he purchased Nassib’s jersey and couldn’t wait to attend a recreation.
Erazos obtained greater than he bargained for with a wild conclusion to Week 1 of the NFL season, as Nassib’s strip-sack on Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson got here at a important time in time beyond regulation and helped the Raiders to a 33-27 win in time beyond regulation.
“That’s wonderful, that’s an important story, I like that. I want I might’ve seen (him),” Nassib stated. “It was actually particular, I’m actually blissful that we obtained the win on the day that form of made just a little little bit of historical past, which is like very nice to do.”
Historical past, as within the first regular-season NFL recreation with an overtly homosexual participant on the sphere. Nassib, who’s in his second season with the Raiders, is the primary energetic NFL participant to return out as homosexual.
Greater than a dozen NFL gamers have come out as homosexual as soon as their careers have been over. Former College of Missouri defensive star Michael Sam was the primary overtly homosexual soccer participant ever chosen within the NFL Draft, when he was taken within the seventh spherical by the Rams in 2014. However he by no means made the ultimate roster and retired in 2015 having by no means performed in an NFL regular-season recreation.
Nassib completed with three tackles, together with the monumental sack that helped the Raiders earn their third-straight season-opening win.
“It was superior, Carl works tremendous arduous,” Las Vegas defensive finish Maxx Crosby stated. “You see that. It’s the most important play of the sport. He comes out, will get a strip sack, that’s what we speak about on a regular basis. We’re tremendous pleased with him. Carl’s a baller and I’m pleased with the man.”
With Baltimore going through a third-and-seven, Nassib sacked Jackson, inflicting a fumble that was recovered by defensive deal with Darius Philon, and handed the ball to the Raiders on the Ravens 27-yard-line.
“I ought to have had two palms on the ball and will have taken a sack,” Jackson stated. “It occurs.”
Three performs Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr dropped again and floated a go from the 43-yard-line to a large open Zay Jones, who caught the ball on the 5-yard line and waltzed in for a walk-off win.
“Our protection made a signature play on the finish of that recreation,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden stated. “They love soccer, they play for one another. We have been down 14-0 to the Ravens and it didn’t look fairly, it didn’t look good. However when you possibly can come again and discover a technique to win towards a crew like that, that’s saying one thing. That’s a formidable victory.”
Stated Nassib: “I’ve performed in loads of video games, now that is my sixth yr, I strive to ensure I actually bear in mind each single recreation. I gained’t neglect this one.”
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