The first Sunday without football gave us a pretty big headline!
Michael Sam was a defensive end with the Missouri Tigers, an All-American defensive lineman and the Associated Press’ SEC Defensive Player of the Year. And Sunday, Sam came out in an interview with ESPN’s “Outside the Lines.”
When drafted this spring, Sam will become the first openly gay player in the history of the NFL. Sam came out to coaches and teammates in August.
Please take a moment to read the ESPN article on Sam. Here’s the NY Times article. Also, take a moment to read Aerys’ Katie Dzwierzynski piece on Sam. This is an interesting article from SI.com about the NFL’s culture and how that will affect Sam’s draft status. It’s a bit eye roll inducing. Here’s an interesting article from SBNation’s OutSports on Sam. CBSSports compiled this list of reactions from the Twitter world … Yes, these are fellow athletes and sports reporters. Not the crude, homophobic ones out there!
Sam will assuredly get drafted. He led the SEC with 11.5 sacks, and 19 tackles for a loss.
If he isn’t drafted, that will be the NFL’s loss. With his livelihood on the line as a professional athlete, Sam was courageous to come out.
Hopefully the NFL will recognize the athlete’s talent over who he loves.