Interview with creators of Necessary Roughness by Gweek published on 2013-02-12T20:56:06Z Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro are the creators and executive producers of the USA Network television series <em>Necessary Roughness</em>. It's a drama about a psychologist who works with pro football players. Tomorrow night is the first of a two-part story about a gay football player who wants to publicly come out. Craig and Liz did a lot of research to present a plausible scenario for how such an event would play out. To date, no active pro basketball, football, baseball, or hockey player has ever stated that that they are gay (a very few retired pro athletes have come out).