Michael Sam

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The Top 14 Sports Stories Of 2014

Our sports teams here in New York weren’t all that good this past year — except for the Rangers (and, OK, now the Islanders). Still, we found reasons — both good and bad — to keep tuning in.

12/31/2014

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Michael Sam: Gay Men In The NFL Have Reached Out To Me

“Very few reached out to me and pretty much just told me their gratitude and how they were thankful that I had the courage. They wished that they had the courage to come out.”

12/24/2014

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Jared Max: Michael Sam Isn’t Alone, So Why Is He Doing This … Alone?

While Sam may still become the first openly gay player on a regular-season NFL roster, we are long overdue for others to look in the mirror and recognize it’s their time to pick up the check.

10/23/2014

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Cowboys Release Michael Sam From Practice Squad

Sam was signed to Dallas’ practice squad on Sept. 3, four days after he was among the final cuts by the St. Louis Rams at the end of the preseason.

10/21/2014

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Report: NFL Asked Teams To Consider Michael Sam

The NFL’s first openly gay player reportedly had a powerful ally working behind the scenes after he was cut by Rams over the weekend.

09/05/2014

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Cowboys Sign Michael Sam To Practice Squad

Sam is back in the NFL four days after being cut by the Rams. And he has a shot of seeing game action this season with serious questions surrounding the Cowboys defense.

09/03/2014

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Reports: Cowboys Closing In On Deal With Michael Sam

According to multiple reports, the rookie defensive end will head to Dallas on Tuesday night to take a physical with the Cowboys on Wednesday.

09/02/2014

Michael Sam (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Keidel: A No-Brainer — And Openly Gay — Player Would Give NFL True Moment Of Pause

ESPN was forced to moonwalk from a report that Sam had not showered with his Rams teammates. Why? Not as in why didn’t he, but why take a fire extinguisher to the story? Clearly it means something.

09/02/2014

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Michael Sam Could Have Option In CFL’s Montreal Alouettes

Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said Sam “is on our list of negotiations” after the NFL’s first openly gay player to be drafted was cut by the Rams over the weekend.

09/02/2014

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Bills Lineman Says ESPN To Blame For Michael Sam Not Having A Job

Sam, who was drafted in the seventh round out of Missouri, had by most accounts a very solid preseason with the Rams, but simply was a bad fit considering how stacked St. Louis seems to be along its defensive line.

09/01/2014

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Rams Cut Michael Sam, 1st Openly Gay Player Drafted By NFL Team

The St. Louis Rams have cut Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team.

08/30/2014

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8 Most Entertaining NFL Players To Follow On Twitter

Meet the NFL players you need to follow this football season.

08/22/2014

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5 Biggest NFL Training Camp Storylines

With NFL training camp underway, let’s look at the biggest storylines to watch for in camp the next month.

07/28/2014

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Keidel: The NFL Is Giving Mixed Signals, And It’s Very Alarming

Empires die from within. They collapse on themselves, and they fall by the hybrid disease of hubris and complacency. The NFL’s worldview is increasingly blurry, slowly unable to separate grand from grandiose.

07/25/2014

BEREA, OH - MAY 17: Cleveland Browns draft pick Johnny Manziel #2 throws during the Cleveland Browns rookie minicamp on May 17, 2014 at the Browns training facility in Berea, Ohio.

6 NFL Rookies Already In The Spotlight

NFL training camps start this week. And these rookies may be already feeling the pressure.

07/22/2014

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