According to former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, some 1,692 NFL players will reveal they are gay in a joint appearance Wednesday morning at a press conference in New York. If true, that number means there are just four heterosexual players in the NFL.
"We're in talks with well over a thousand players who are considering it," says Ayanbadejo. "There are 1,692 players being talked to right now and they're trying to be organized so they can come out on Wednesday together. It would make a major splash and take the pressure off one guy. It would be a monumental day if almost everyone in the NFL came out together."
The statement immediately led to debate online over who the four heterosexual NFL players might be.
While Ayanbadejo said it is "99.999-percent certain" that 1,692 players will come out as gay on Wednesday morning, he has also built up a track record of making statements he later has to back away from. But he insists this time it's different.
"The only thing some players have reservations about is if them coming out would make things too hard on the four non-gay players," he said. "We don't want them to feel as though they don't belong because they are straight."
If Ayanbadejo's speculation comes to be — or even if a small percentage of the 1,692 players come out — it will make for a dramatic moment in the history of sports.
"We've seen the barriers to homsexuals in society fall away," said commissioner Roger Goodell. "If America's most popular sport is found to be almost completely gay, we might see those barriers completely disappear for good."
As this story was going to press, Ayanbadejo clarified that he had only e-mailed 1,692 NFL players to ask them if they knew any teams looking to sign a backup linebacker.
"Basic odds says that at least some of the guys I e-mailed are probably gay, though, right?" he said.