Michael Sam says his priority is helping the Montreal Alouettes win, not making history as the first openly gay player in the Canadian Football League.
Michael Sam, who made history last year as the first openly gay player selected in the NFL draft, is heading to the Canadian Football League.
On Thursday, the defensive end reiterated and expanded on comments made to Oprah Winfrey last year in which he said other pro athletes have told him they’re gay too, though they’re not ready to go public.
“Do you really think that is the reason why Michael Sam is not on an NFL roster?” Every time I get asked this question, I am reminded why Sam has not found a job since he graduated college.
The strain and sweat on their faces showed just how much one more chance in the NFL means to Michael Sam and 104 others.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
According to multiple reports, the rookie defensive end will head to Dallas on Tuesday night to take a physical with the Cowboys on Wednesday.
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.
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.
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.