MR. Scott Norton is this week's Real Man We Admire.
It’s not just because his kisses make headlines and his ball-handling skills snatch trophies that we want to roll with this week’s Real Man We Admire, Scott Norton. It’s also because this pro bowling champion is using his popularity to get people to switch lanes when it comes to thinking about equality.
The now 31-year-old was just 18 when he burst on to the bowling scene by winning a string of amateur titles, including becoming the youngest person ever to take the Adult National Amateur Championship. But that was just the first strike in his long list of accomplishments. In 2011, inspired by the coming out of Phoenix Suns President and CEO Rick Welts, Norton did so as well, becoming the first openly gay player in his sport.
"It is extremely important for me to come out to show other gay athletes, both current and future, that it is important to come out to show that we are just like everyone else,” he wrote, in an article published by the Professional Bowlers Association. “Being gay doesn’t define who I am as a person or as a professional athlete…it's...