NFL Network announced Tuesday that Kevin Seiffert, a former defensive lineman for the Green Bay Packers, will join the network as an NFL analyst.
The network previously aired Seiffer’s “Football Night in America” show.
The announcement comes one day after the NFL suspended former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch from the league.
“We are thrilled to welcome Kevin Seifer to the NFL Network as our first openly-gay analyst,” NFL Media president and CEO Jay Glazer said in a statement.
“Kevin is an extraordinary talent and a very good friend of ours.
He is a tireless advocate for equality and will be an invaluable asset to our team.”
Seifer will join NFL Network analyst Eric Reid, who has been with the network since 2007.
“I’m proud to have Kevin join the NFL network and I look forward to working with him to provide NFL fans with a balanced and informative analysis of all things NFL,” Reid said in the statement.
The news comes as the NFL is facing backlash for its handling of the Colin Kaepernick protests and the NFL’s handling of players who refuse to stand during the national anthem.
Kaepernick, a black quarterback who started the NFL Players Association, has become a symbol of resistance to racism and injustice by refusing to stand for the anthem, and he was suspended from the team last season.
Seifers decision comes one week after the Los Angeles Rams released their second-round pick of the draft after it was revealed that the team was not happy with Seifertons play in college.
He was rated as the No. 9 defensive lineman in the 2018 class and was considered a potential first-round draft pick.