Skip to comments.The 1993 Houston Oilers had at least two gay players, former teammates say
Posted on 12/27/2013 10:13:58 AM PST by Oliviaforever
The topic of whether a gay player would be accepted in a NFL locker room is probably overblown. Players like teammates who can help them win. The rest is trivial.
This is shown by the 1993 Houston Oilers. The Houston Chronicle ran a tremendous oral history on that wild season and team (it's excellent, check it out, as was the NFL Network's "A Football Life" episode on the '93 Oilers), and in it there's a revelation that the Oilers had at least two gay players.
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“May” explain the disaster? LOL
Lemme guess ... One of them was a tight end and the other was a wide receiver. :-P
Yet no one felt a need to tell us then. Why do we need to know now?
He was retired by then. I think he retired in the late 1980s.
That make you wonder LOL!
White Shoes was there in the 1970’s.
The “Oilers”, no less.
Plus one crack-snorting wife beater.....
I think that was with the Fal-cant’s, excuse me Falcon’s.
Put me in the category of “Who gives a damn?”
Thank you and have a nice day.
1993 Houston Oilers Roster
Player Pos G GS Birthdate College
Melvin Aldridge DB 1 0 07/22/1970 Murray State
Jeff Alm DT 2 0 03/31/1968 Notre Dame
Micheal Barrow LB 16 0 04/19/1970 Miami
Blaine Bishop DB 16 2 07/24/1970 Ball State
Joe Bowden LB 16 6 02/25/1970 Oklahoma
Gary Brown RB 16 8 07/01/1969 Penn State
Reggie Brown WR 4 0 05/05/1970 Alabama State
Tony Brown DB 16 0 05/15/1970 Fresno State
Cody Carlson QB 8 2 11/05/1963 Baylor
Ray Childress DT 16 16 10/20/1962 Texas A&M
Pat Coleman WR 13 1 04/08/1967 Mississippi
Doug Dawson OG 16 16 12/27/1961 Texas
Al Del Greco K 16 0 03/02/1962 Auburn
Cris Dishman DB 16 16 08/13/1965 Purdue
Kevin Donnalley OG 16 6 06/10/1968 North Carolina
Willie Drewrey WR 16 0 04/28/1963 West Virginia
Curtis Duncan WR 12 12 01/26/1965 Northwestern
William Fuller DE 16 16 03/08/1962 North Carolina
Ernest Givins WR 16 16 09/03/1964 Louisville
Travis Hannah WR 12 0 01/31/1970 Southern California
Leonard Harris WR 4 2 11/27/1960 Texas Tech
Terry Hoage DB 3 0 04/11/1962 Georgia
Brad Hopkins OT 16 11 09/05/1970 Illinois
Steve Jackson DB 16 12 04/08/1969 Purdue
Haywood Jeffires WR 16 16 12/12/1964 North Carolina State
Sean Jones DE 16 16 12/19/1962 Northeastern
Tony Jones WR 2 0 12/30/1965 Texas
Scott Kozak LB 16 0 11/28/1965 Oregon
Lamar Lathon LB 13 1 12/23/1967 Houston
Darryll Lewis DB 4 4 12/16/1968 Arizona
Wilber Marshall LB 10 10 04/18/1962 Florida
Emanuel Martin DB 1 0 07/31/1969 Alabama State
Le’Shai Maston RB 10 0 10/07/1970 Baylor
Bruce Matthews OG 16 16 08/08/1961 Southern California
Damon Mays WR 1 0 05/20/1968 Missouri
Keith McCants DE 13 0 04/19/1968 Alabama
Bubba McDowell DB 14 14 11/04/1966 Miami
John Henry Mills RB 16 0 10/31/1969 Wake Forest
Glenn Montgomery DT 16 11 03/31/1967 Houston
Greg Montgomery P 15 0 10/29/1964 Michigan State
Warren Moon QB 15 14 11/18/1956 Washington
Mike Munchak OG 13 12 03/05/1960 Penn State
Erik Norgard C 16 4 11/04/1965 Colorado
Bo Orlando DB 16 3 04/03/1966 West Virginia
Bucky Richardson QB 2 0 02/07/1969 Texas A&M
Tim Roberts DE 6 0 04/14/1969 Southern Mississippi
Marcus Robertson DB 13 13 10/02/1969 Iowa State
Eddie Robinson LB 16 15 04/13/1970 Alabama State
Webster Slaughter WR 14 14 10/19/1964 San Diego State
Al Smith LB 16 16 11/26/1964 Utah State
Kent Sullivan P 1 0 05/15/1964 California Lutheran
Mike Teeter DL 14 0 10/04/1967 Michigan
Stan Thomas OT 14 0 10/28/1968 Texas
Spencer Tillman RB 15 0 04/21/1964 Oklahoma
Craig Veasey DT 1 0 12/25/1966 Houston
Gary Wellman WR 11 3 08/09/1967 Southern California
Lorenzo White RB 8 8 04/12/1966 Michigan State
David Williams OT 15 15 06/21/1966 Florida
Lee Williams DE 14 5 10/15/1962 Bethune-Cookman
“Yet no one felt a need to tell us then. Why do we need to know now?”
Good question. I think the answer is to begin to prepare the fans for the inevitable homosexualizing of professional football.
Amazingly, they already got grown men and their fans to wear pink and embrace the ‘womans touch’ in general on football, such as going way overboard on ‘safety’ on the field for example and other things meant to chip away at the manliness of the players and the game in general.
There is actually a connection here as ESPN recently ran a program about the 1993 Houston Oilers and labeled that team “the most dysfunctional team in NFL history.”
Wow. Who cares.
Ouch! Couldn’t help yourself could you? LOL!
No wonder they got their asses kicked by the Chiefs with Montana.
Well, the Cowboys had Troy Aikman.
The 93 Oilers sucked???
Among the storylines discussed during Houston 93: A Football Life are:
The 1992 AFC Wild Card Game in which the Oilers lost to the Buffalo Bills after leading 35-3 in the fourth quarter
The tension that existed between defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan and offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, and Ryans attempt to punch Gilbride on the sidelines during the season finale against the New York Jets
Quarterback Warren Moons benching after a 1-4 start to the season
Offensive linemans David Williams decision to miss a game and stay at home for the birth of his son, and the ensuing controversy that surrounded it
The loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1993 AFC Divisional Round at home
Houston 93: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people:
Warren Moon Oilers quarterback
Mike Munchak Oilers offensive lineman
Buddy Ryan Oilers defensive coordinator
Cris Dishman Oilers defensive back
Haywood Jeffires Oilers wide receiver
Cody Carlson Oilers quarterback
Steve Underwood Oilers Vice President
William Fuller Oilers defensive lineman
Doug Dawson Oilers offensive lineman
Tom Franklin Oilers radio broadcaster
Floyd Reese Oilers Assistant General Manager
Kevin Gilbride Oilers offensive coordinator
Bruce Matthews Oilers/Titans offensive lineman
Gregg Williams Oilers assistant coach
Spencer Tillman Oilers running back
Bubba McDowell Oilers defensive back
Ray Childress Oilers defensive lineman
Ernest Givins Oilers wide receiver
Sean Jones Oilers defensive end
Brad Hopkins Oilers/Titans offensive lineman
Ronnie Jones Oilers linebackers coach
John McClain Houston Chronicle
Ray Buck Houston Post
Provided below are some select quotes from Houston 93: A Football Life:
- Were right there with the best shot ever and we blow the biggest lead in NFL history. That is going to stay with you for a while. Cody Carlson on the loss to the Buffalo Bills in the 1992 AFC Wild Card Game
- I certainly had heard of the difficulty in Chicago with Mike Ditka. Until you go through the actual experience of it I dont think you have any idea how bad it really is. Kevin Gilbride on Buddy Ryan
- That was our primary purpose: to go out there and beat Buddy [Ryan] up every day because of the way he treated us. Haywood Jeffires
- When you look up team in the dictionary and all of the positive characteristics and qualities about team, we had none of those. Bruce Matthews
Eh, big deal...
The rumor at the time in this 1993 story is that one of these guys was giving oral to the other at the time of the car crash “maiming” one and killing the other. The survivor committed suicide at the scene.
Minutes after crashing his car on a freeway exit ramp and watching as his best friend was thrown to his death early today, Houston Oilers defensive tackle Jeff Alm took a shotgun from the car and killed himself, apparently in a fit of guilt or despair, the police said.
Yes, let us check with Dick Butkus and Jack Ham and see what they think of what has happened to the NFL since they left...
They don’t show the cheerleaders on tv anymore either.
Pink ribbons are fine though.
One of those teammates was Ernest Givens, a star receiver with the Oilers in the mid-1990s and the subject of rumors back then even before the Internet took off. Givens addressed the issue with ESPN in 1998 and denied he was gay.
I’m not gay, but there’s a rumor that’s out there, and there isn’t a damn thing I can do about it.
Givens said he was called “Ernestine” and accused by others of hitting on younger receivers. In the ESPN interview, he sounds like he had a fairly miserable experience with the Oilers over the issue.
In the huddle, a player told him he shouldn't be in the game. John asked, "Why not?" "Your face John; look at your face," replied the other player. Unitas' promptly told him, "I don't throw the ball with my face." He then proceeded to throw a 47 yard touchdown pass on the next play.
Ahh, the good old days.
Another day, another gay story.
Two gay players in 1993. And this matters...why????
All I remember about those Oiler teams of the early nineties was they scored a heckuva lot of points with the run-and-shoot but never advanced in the playoffs.
Did they SUCK ?
“All I remember about those Oiler teams of the early nineties was they scored a heckuva lot of points with the run-and-shoot but never advanced in the playoffs.”
They were fun to watch, but it is hard to control the ball and the clock with the run and shoot.
As a wise man one said. “Only three things can happen when you pass and two of ‘em are bad.”
Love Unitas stories - thanks for that one!
What about the Cubs?
Wonder if one of them was this guy....I remember hearing some rumors back then as to what really happened.
Have cousins in Houston. I remember during that time there were rumors about an incident where an Oilers player was involved in an auto accident where his teammate was killed. That player then shot himself in the head right there at the scene.
The rumors where that the first player was driving while his teammate had his head in his lap. He crashed on a highway overpass, and the player with his head down was thrown from the car, and landed 40 feet below. The driver had his penis bitten off by the guy that was thrown from the car, that is why he shot himself in the head at the scene.
Yep, I just referenced that story as well. when I saw the headline, this was precisely the first thing that came to mind.
Bingo! Who gives a $#*+?
“Lemme guess ... One of them was a tight end and the other was a wide receiver. :-P”
The 1993 Oilers did not have a Tight End on their roster.
Only 2? Was it the straightest team in the NFL?
Wasn’t it in the late 60s that they used to say that there were 4 gay starting quarterbacks in the NFL? A couple were easy, and the third wasn’t that difficult to figure out, but I never did find out who the 4th was.
"Yeah, Moe, that team sure sucked last night. They just plain sucked. I've seen teams suck before but they were the suckiest bunch of sucks who ever sucked."
So which of those guys is now so far behind on child support payments he’ll be willing to “out” his teammates to a tabloid?
One player committed suicide after a car accident that year. The rumor was his “friend” from school was engaged in a certain act when the accident happened, and a certain part of the player’s body was amputated and his friend thrown from a fifty-foot overpass.
Well, it wasn’t Warren Moon. He was a regular in all the strip clubs around town. DEFINITELY preferred the Ladies.
I think we can rule out Mike Munchak too.
My money would be on Ernest Givens..
And, maybe Spencer Tillman. He was from Oklahoma, and EVERYONE in Texas knows, OU SUCKS!
What you said.
Seriously ... good point. That was one of the criticisms of the "Run & Shoot" offense at the time. Without tight ends they couldn't execute well in short-yardage situations, and they couldn't run a ball-control offense. That's one big reason why they lost to Buffalo in the 1992 playoffs even though they had a 35-3 lead late in the game.
Yep. First thing I thought of when I saw headline/year. Was all the buzz at Christmas parties (in Houston area), that year.