NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — 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.
The defensive end is joining the Montreal Alouettes on a two-year deal, the team announced on Friday.READ MORE: NYPD Officer Jason Rivera Fatally Shot, Officer Wilbert Mora Critically Injured Responding To Harlem Domestic Dispute
“With the signing of Michael Sam, we have become a better organization today,” Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said in a statement. “Not only have we added an outstanding football player, we have added even a better person that brings dignity, character, and heart to our team.”
The NFL still hasn’t had an openly gay athlete play a snap in the regular season. Sam was released by the Rams despite recording three preseason sacks, picked up for the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad and cut again.READ MORE: 'The Loss Of A Hero': New York Mourns Death Of 22-Year-Old NYPD Officer Jason Rivera
The 25-year-old hoped to generate some interest at the NFL veterans combine in March. He got it — north of the border.
“I cannot wait to put on the pads, get back on the field and work hard each and every day with my teammates to bring a Grey Cup to the great fans here in Montreal,” Sam said.MORE NEWS: Lashawn McNeil, Suspect In Deadly Harlem Police Shooting, Was On Probation, Had 5 Prior Arrests
He will be formally introduced during a press conference Tuesday in Montreal.