Carl Paul Nassib is an American professional footballer of Arab descent. His father Gilbert Nassib played tight end at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware, United States while his mother Mary Fischer-Nassib played volleyball in Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania, USA.
Carl’s brothers Ryan Paul Nassib and John Paul Nassib are also footballers and their sisters Carey Anne Nassib and Paige Marie Nassib played volleyball for Villa Maria High School in Erie, Pennsylvania. Here are 13 more things about Carl:
- He was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
- He is 6’7″ tall. His registered weight is 277 lbs.
- He played as an offensive tackle and defensive end for Malvern Preparatory School in Malvern, Pennsylvania where he was a three-year letterman in football. He also lettered twice in basketball and thrice in track and field.
- He attended Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania where he played college football. In 2011, he made the Penn State Nittany Lions football team as a walk-on.
- After not seeing any action in 2012 as a Penn State Nittany Lions football player, he saw limited action as a sophomore and junior backup.
- In 2013, as a Penn State sophomore, he played in 10 games and was selected Academic All-Big Ten for the first time.
- In 2014, as a Penn State junior, he was selected Academic All-Big Ten for the second time.
- In 2015, as a Penn State senior, he earned unanimous All-American honors and was named the Big Ten Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year. In December 2015, he graduated from Penn State with a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) and a bachelor’s degree in biology.
- A defensive end, he was 23 years old when the Cleveland Browns drafted him out of Penn State in the third round of the 2016 National Football League draft with the 65th pick. He also earned an invitation to the 2016 Senior Bowl.
- From 2016 to 2017, he played for the Cleveland Browns. The team waived him on September 2, 2018.
- On September 3, 2018, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers claimed him off waivers. He played for the team until 2019.
- On March 23, 2020, the Las Vegas Raiders signed him as an unrestricted free agent. On March 27, 2020, he signed a three-year contract worth $25 million with the team.
- On June 21, 2021, he became the first active NFL player to publicly come out as gay. That day, he took to Instagram to share a video, in which he said, “I’m Carl Nassib. I’m at my house here in West Chester, Pennsylvania. I just wanted to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now, but I finally feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest.”