MR. Scott Norton - Real Men We Admire

June 7, 2013

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 important to show people that being gay has nothing to do with one's ability to do anything as a man, least of all compete at the highest level of sports."

And in case anyone missed the news, Norton slung the point home six months later when ESPN cameras broadcast him giving his husband, Craig Woodward, a celebratory kiss after winning yet another National Championship. The spontaneous smooch drew strong media attention and support from sports fans and stuck a 10-pin in the any notion that the world isn’t ready to accept gay athletes.

Clip time!

The kiss that caught everyone's attention. So sweet!

Norton and his husband recently sat down with to talk about their marriage, Prop 8, and the after effects of their PBA PDA:

What do you think of this week’s Real Man We Admire? Sound off in the comments section below.

Tags: Prop 8, real men we admire, scott norton, bowling, Gay Marriage, Sports, Coming Out
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Had never heard of scott Norton. Glad he is so out! Glad he's doing so well in his sport as well. Keep up the good work and being a great role model. Love the arcticle also. Your play on bowling words was very entertaining. Go gays!

I think we're seeing a ripple grow into a wave as more and more athletes come out of the closet. Kudos to Scott Norton on his win, his kiss, his partner and his marriage. Hopefully it will be recognized at the federal level one day soon.

I'm glad he came out. But more athletes need to. I don't understand why this is still an issue. Even the American Government now recognizes openly gay members of our military.

I am a pretty competitive bowler myself and have loved the sport for about 6 years now. When i saw this happening live on tv, I couldn't help but blink in surprise. I had never heard of this guy and yet he was bowling against my favorite bowler in the PBA! Scott Norton was a huge inspiration and I was so happy to see everything live. Even though I'm not out, it feels good to know I'm just like one of the pro's!

Well I think that is good that more and more athletes are comeing out of the closet you shoulder me a shalmed to say that. You are gay if people don't like it. Then they should just live you. Alone. Lol I willvsay one thing that I came out of the closet when i was 15 and Ian 20 now I think that he should be prolde to be gay it shoked me when I seen this on live tv when it all happened I'm just glad now that I know I'm not the onily I'm like the rest of the pros now that I'm not alone .