Jason Collins is an American professional basketball player born in 1978 in Northridge, California. His position is center and he plays for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Collins played collegiate basketball for Stanford University and made the All-American team in 2001. In 2013, Collins became the first openly gay active athlete in the four major North American professional sports leagues. Time Magazine named him on its 100 Most Influential People in the World list in 2014.