Ex-Giant Roy Simmons dies

Updated: February 27, 2014, 5:58 PM ET
By Jane McManus | ESPNNewYork.com

Former New York Giants right guard Roy Simmons, who was the second former NFL player to publicly say he was gay, died last Tuesday in the Bronx at the age of 57.

A spokesperson for the New York City Medical Examiner's Office said the cause and manner of death have not yet been determined.

Simmons disclosed his sexuality in 1992 on Phil Donahue's daytime talk show. David Kopay, a former running back for five teams, came out as gay in 1975.

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