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Another professional athlete has come out as gay, as pro wrestling legend Pat Patterson came out of the closet with a tearful speech.

Pat, 73, made his WWF debut in 1979 and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996. In a new episode of reality show WWE Legends' House, Pat came out as gay. 

"Sitting here tonight I am going to say something that I never want to say publicly," he said to the other wrestling legends on the show with him. "Sitting here tonight, I'm going to say something I would never want to say. For once in my life, I'm going to be me. I survived all this being gay."

Pat revealed that he had a secret partner for 40 years who died from a heart attack. "I gave my life to the business, and I don't regret nothing," Pat continued. "For the rest of my life, I want to be happy."

We applaud Pat for his courage and wish him the best. Indeed, 2014 has been a banner year for athletes coming out. Last month, college football standout Michael Sam became the first openly gay player ever drafted into the NFL. Earlier this year, Jason Collins became the NBA's first openly gay player.

How do you feel about what Pat said?

Source: E! Online