(1090 The Fan / AP) — One-time Seattle Seahawk cornerback Wade Davis will be joined by the NFL Players Association when he marches in Chicago’s Gay Pride Parade on Sunday.

Davis, who also spent time with the Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins, regularly speaks and writes about his life as a closeted gay professional athlete.

Marques Sullivan is president of the Chicago chapter of the NFL Players Association. He says sports help instill character traits such as self-respect, discipline, accountability, and responsibility in people, especially at an early age.

Sullivan said Tuesday in a statement that participation in sports shouldn’t be denied to anyone, “no matter the individual’s sexual preference, race or gender.”

Davis spent the 2001 preseason in the NFL with the Seahawks.

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