David Kopay Story

David Kopay Story


View All Available Formats & Editions

Temporarily Out of Stock Online

Eligible for FREE SHIPPING


David Kopay Story by David Kopay, Perry D. Young

Originally published in 1977, The David Kopay Story was an earth-shattering event. It has never been duplicated. Twenty-three years after publishing his story, David Kopay remains the only NFL player who has publicly acknowledged his homosexuality. After a ten-year career as a running back for the San Francisco 49ers, the Detroit Lions, the Washington Redskins, the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers, and exhausted by the agony of living a double life, Kopay bravely talked to the Washington Star and took his place in history as the first prominent male athlete to come out of the closet. In The David Kopay Story, he reveals the conflicting emotional states that both prevented him from living openly and finally drove him to a place of total honesty. From psychotherapy to hypnosis to heartbreaking family confrontations to finally surprising acceptance from former teammates and coaches, this is a story of denial leading to acceptance, and finally to pride. As inspiring today as it was upon publication, Advocate Books is proud to make The David Kopay Story available to a new generation of readers.

Author Biography: David Kopay has been involved in a variety of business ventures since his decision to leave professional football. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780877952909
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/28/1980
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Read an Excerpt

Chapter One

That Tuesday, December 9, 1975, David Kopay had all the appearances of a young man with everything our society admires. He looked far younger than his years. His six-foot-one, 205-pound body was in perfect athletic condition. He moved with the tense agility of a well-trained racehorse. He was a man's man, a glamorous California-tanned blond who caused every lady's eye to turn as he walked into a crowded singles bar. An editor at Playgirl had recently asked him to pose for a centerfold.

    He was, in fact, thirty-three years old and within minutes of the most dramatic decision in his life as he bought that day's Washington Star to read over breakfast in a favorite place near his rented room on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

    Despite his exceptional appearance and an impressive football career—co-captain of the University of Washington's 1964 Rose Bowl team and some ten years as an aggressive running back for the San Francisco Forty-Niners, the Detroit Lions, the Washington Redskins, the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers—David Kopay was not a very happy man. He had tried with only half-hearted interest to organize a business selling English pub-style mirrors decorated with football graphics.

    Kopay was caught in a lie between the masculine myth he so beautifully personified in public and the private reality of his life. His anxiety was so intense, he could actually feel the change about to happen. A few weeks earlier, he had returned to Washington, a lovely green city with the space that first allowed him to start breaking free of the myth. He knew intuitively that he was about to make a move, but he did not know exactly when or how. He only knew it had to do with the lies he had been forced to live with by a society that sometimes adores and worships its paid athletes as super-sexual gods and at other times dismisses them as simpleminded robots.

    Like a novelist, Kopay recognized the drama in his experience and he had saved every scrap of information that would later remind him of the important incidents in his life. Like a true athlete, he wanted to be first—in this case, with the story of his homosexuality.

    All of this only compounded his shock that morning when he bought The Washington Star and confronted his secret in front page banner headlines:


Excerpted from The David Kopay Story by David Kopay and Perry Deane Young. Copyright © 1988 by David Kopay and Perry Deane Young. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.


By Robert Fitterman


Copyright © 2000 Robert Fitterman. All rights reserved.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews