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Kansas State player comes out as gay, says he feels 'loved and accepted' by team

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Kansas State offensive lineman Scott Frantz, right, looks to block Iowa State defensive end Jhaustin Thomas (8) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. (AP) Kansas State offensive lineman Scott Frantz, right, looks to block Iowa State defensive end Jhaustin Thomas (8) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. (AP)
MANHATTAN, KS (KCTV) -

A Kansas State Wildcats football player says he is gay. 

Offensive lineman Scott Frantz says he knew his sexual orientation since elementary school but kept it hidden.

He’s one of two active players to come out while playing for a major conference football program.

The sophomore offensive tackle reveled his secret in front of his teammates at a team-building exercise.

Frantz says he knew his sexual orientation since he was in the fifth grade, but did not tell his family until a week after he told his teammates.

He says he was encouraged to come out after a motivational speaker brought in by head coach Bill Snyder told players to reveal something they hadn’t before.

“I spent my whole childhood hating myself because who I was," Frantz said. "I was angry. I was mad. I was depressed at times and I want to share my message to tell other people in my spot that you can be loved. You can be accepted. You can be who you are.”

He says he’s never felt so much love and acceptance in his life.

Frantz says he didn’t tell college coaches he was gay while being recruitment for fear of losing a scholarship.

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