Michael Irvin. Hero.

Throughout his football career, as well as his life, Michael Irvin has made an insane number of public mistakes. Mistakes with money. Mistakes with women. Mistakes with drugs. Mistakes, mistakes, mistakes.

Today, however, he is a hero.

My hero.

The above photo is from Out, a gay lifestyle magazine. In the current issue, Irvin boldly discusses his gay older brother, his family’s acceptance and why—in 2011—you’d have to be crazy to be African-American and an opponent of gay rights.

Trust me, read it. Here’s the link.