Once Michael Sam is drafted in the NFL, the Missouri defensive end will be judged strictly on whether he can play and whether he can help his team win.
A little over a month since Sam announced his desire to become the first openly gay NFL player, he lifted 225 pounds 19 times, ran the 40-yard dash in an unofficial time of 4.69 seconds and jumped 30 inches.
Michael Sam says he wants to be known as just a football player, hopeful his sexuality soon won’t be a story.
Michael Sam, the SEC’s co-defensive player of the year, is about to find out if America’s most popular sport, rooted in machismo and entrenched in locker room hijinks, is ready for its first openly gay player.
Messages of support from celebs, teammates, NFL players and media members poured in for the Missouri All-American defensive end. But others wondered whether the league is prepared to welcome gay players.
Tolerance is about to be tested in the National Football League. And Michael Sam hopes his ability is all that matters, not his sexual orientation.
Sam could become the first openly gay player in the NFL. In interviews with ESPN, The New York Times and Outsports, the defensive end says he came out to his teammates and coaches in August.
A native of the tiny town of Kennett, Missouri, Nail’s well-documented love of sports is a very close second to music in his heart, always rooting for teams that hail from his home state.
Missouri’s perimeter triumvirate of Jordan Clarkson, Jabari Brown, and Earnest Ross wasn’t mentioned in the same breath at the start of the season with the back courts at UConn, Memphis, Louisville and Oklahoma State, but that will all change moving forward.
If Ohio State gets by the defensive juggernaut of Michigan State in Indianapolis, the Buckeyes absolutely deserve to head to the final BCS Championship Game of the BCS era regardless of what happens at the SEC Championship in Atlanta.
Who will lead Kentucky? It’s going to be one of the major questions surrounding this team, and it will be one of the keys to the Wildcats potentially winning their second national title in three seasons.
The New York Jets are loading up on defense by taking Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson with the 13th overall pick in the NFL draft.
Oklahoma State had a terrific season, but got by far the toughest draw out of any five-seed in the bracket. Keep an eye on Oregon.
Louisville’s pressure. Jim Boeheim’s postgame press conferences. HAVOC. Coach K’s drive for five. Get pumped, people — it’s tourney time!
The Buffaloes have NCAA Tournament experience and really defend. Colorado is good enough to win two games in the field of 68.