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And Then There Was Michael Sam

February 10, 2014

From The Daily Beast


In September 2014, the NFL will start the season as usual. There will be fireworks and jets flying over the stadiums.  But, when the players stand along the sidelines, silently mouthing the words to the Star Spangled Banner and waiting for the game to begin, something will be different. Almost certainly, at least one player will be openly gay.

 The NFL was founded in 1920 and it’s almost certain that gays have played in the league since its inception, when teams like the Canton Bulldogs faced off against the Dayton Triangles. But no active player has ever been open about his sexual orientation when Michael Sam, a star college player at the University of Missouri and NFL draft prospect, came out publically to the New York Times and ESPN that he is gay.

 Sam, a 6’2”, 260-pound defensive end, was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All American in 2013.  Sam led Missouri to a win in the Cotton Bowl as it ended the season as the No. 5 college football team in the country. Sam told reporters Sunday that he had come out to his team in August, before the season began, and players on the team had supported Sam throughout. According to the New York Times, one player accompanied Sam to a gay pride event in St. Louis while others went to gay bars with the star defensive end.

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