Something that got lost in the shuffle and the white hot media glare that was Ray Rice was Michael Sam. He was picked up as a practice squad player several weeks ago by the Dallas Cowboys but was cut last week. Some tried to attach some conspiracy to it because he is openly gay but it seems to really have been purely a football decision.
Michael Sam was officially signed to the practice squad for the Dallas Cowboys today. This was a great move for Sam and an even better move for the Cowboys. I wished we would have just snagged him off waivers over the weekend but it seems to be working out anyway. You can watch the video of Coach Jason Garrett announcing the move that posted less than an hour ago on the Dallas Cowboys website.
Michael Sam to become a Dallas Cowboy? Probably.
After being cut by the St. Louis Rams, Sam is to report for a physical exam Wednesday, and if he passes, will be added to the Cowboy’s practice squad.
The first openly gay player in the NFL, drafted by the St. Louis Rams this summer, got his first sack of the season. It came in the second half over the weekend in the preseason contest against the Green Bay Packers. Way to go Michael Sam!
Michael Sam is now the first openly gay player in the NFL. In that beautiful and emotional moment after getting the call from the St. Louis Rams, he kissed and hugged his boyfriend, and ESPN showed it live on national television. Now your kids have seen it, and they have some questions.
Here’s an easy guide how you can talk to your son or daughter about Michael Sam.
Also if you really like, you can buy his jersey from the NFL shop.
It’s a first to have an openly gay man drafted to a major NFL team, but in what may be a more important first, ESPN had their cameras there, and were live on the air, when Michael Sam got the news. The first thing he did after hanging up? He hugged and kissed his boyfriend.
In response to all of the coverage about Michael Sam, the guy who in all likelihood will be the first openly gay player in the National Football League, NFL Nation and ESPN Magazine surveyed 51 anonymous players in the NFL gauging their level of comfort with an openly gay player. The results are much what one would expect:
Although the survey showed that most players aren’t concerned with another’s sexual orientation, it also made clear the concerns that players would have with learning how to relate to an openly gay teammate.