“I’m a college graduate, I’m an African American, and I’m Gay.” Former Mizzou Football sensation, Michael Sam, revealed his secret to the world on Feb. 9th, just weeks before the NFL Draft. He is the first “openly gay” football player in the National Football League.
Sam who was highly scouted by NFL teams before his announcement was highly disappointed when he was later drafted in the 7th round of the draft by the St. Louis Rams. Some say it was because he’s gay, some said he really wasn’t that great of a player to begin with. However, Sam was now apart of the NFL and now he just has to show everybody that he is good at what he does.
After going through training camp and long days of practice with the team Sam was recently cut last week from the St. Louis Rams roster. The decision went viral and everybody knew the only gay football player in history was cut from the team. Although, the decision may have been a fair decision, the rest will view it as a homophobic decision. The media shows it as Michael Sam being cut from the team because he was gay, but in reality Sam just didn’t fit into the Rams system. The Rams are rated by ESPN as having one of the best defensive lines in the NFL, and Sam just doesn’t fit up to the expectations of the Rams Coaches.
Michael Sam had three sacks in the preseason, but in actuality three sacks against another teams second and third string over the course of three games was not very impressive.
But was Sam really that bad? Did he really not fit in with the Rams defense? Did the fact that he is gay have an affect on their decision? Were they tired of the publicity? Were they just homophobic? These are questions that we can only assume what the answers are.
Although, Sam is a gay man, at the end of the day he is still a man, and he is still a football player, which means he will be treated as such. People get cut from teams every day it just so happens that this football play is the only gay player in the league.
Nonetheless, Sam did not let this obstacle stop him. He is continuing to play football and has been signed to the Dallas Cowboys and has currently made their practice squad. This isn’t the first and surely won’t be the last thing we’ll see happen to Michael Sam over the course of his football career, but as long as he keeps pushing forward, his hard work will eventually pay off.