For the first time, college football has an openly gay player. Conner Mertens, a rising kicker at Williamette University in Oregon, came out to his team and publicly as bisexual, making him the first to do so while still active on the team. "I hate the stereotypes that go along with liking the same sex. You don't have to follow the stereotype to be this way," Mertens said. "I made the decision that if I could help anyone else avoid feeling the way I felt, I would."