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: Gov. Cuomo Asks AG Letitia James, Top Judge To Launch Probe Into Sexual Harassment Allegations
“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.”2nd Co-Op City Power Outage Affects Residents In Same Buildings That Lost Electricity Friday
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.
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: Police Arrest Connecticut Man They Say Attacked Ambulance Facilities With Molotov Cocktails
He will be formally introduced during a press conference Tuesday in Montreal.