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Michael Sam, draft prospect, admits he's gay
Posted 09 February 2014 - 08:31 PM
Looks like he's 6'2" 255, kind of small for our defense.
Posted 09 February 2014 - 08:32 PM
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Posted 09 February 2014 - 08:33 PM
Nice as an edge rusher, but not big enough to play the run well and lacks the agility and footwork to play as an OLB in a 3-4. Basically he can only go forward. He'd be nice depth at DE.
I disagree. I think he has the ability to dip and rip with the best of them. And it wasn't like he was beating no-names in college (he beat them consistently btw) but potential top picks like Tiny, Cyrus, etc.
Posted 09 February 2014 - 08:36 PM
ten page thread coming
10? It'll be 10 by mid-day tomorrow haha.
Posted 09 February 2014 - 08:36 PM
@dpbrugler: I haven't talked w/ one NFL scout/analyst who thinks Sam is a top-100 guy so if/when he's available on day 3, this news isn't the reason why
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Posted 09 February 2014 - 08:37 PM
Michael Sam, an All-American defensive lineman from Missouri Tigers and the Associated Press' SEC Defensive Player of the Year, said that he is gay in interviews with ESPN's "Outside the Lines" and the New York Times on Sunday.
Sam stated publicly what his teammates and coaches at Mizzou have known since August: "I am an openly, proud gay man."
Sam is eligible for the NFL draft in May. Assuming that he is drafted, Sam could become the first openly gay player in the history of the NFL.[+] EnlargeKevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesDefensive end Michael Sam says he told his Missouri teammates in August that he was gay and they "rallied around me and supported me."
"I understand how big this is," he said. "It's a big deal. No one has done this before. And it's kind of a nervous process, but I know what I want to be ... I want to be a football player in the NFL."
In 2014, "Gay Man to Enter Workforce" has the everyday-occurrence sound of a headline in The Onion. But when the NFL is involved, it's a first -- and potentially a landmark moment -- in the history of American sports.
Sam's decision to speak out now comes after his experience two weeks ago at the Senior Bowl, where, he said, many already seemed aware of his sexual orientation.
"I didn't realize how many people actually knew, and I was afraid that someone would tell or leak something out about me," he said. "I want to own my truth. ... No one else should tell my story but me."
He had already confided in a few close friends, Sam recalled, and had dated a fellow athlete who was not a football player -- so while coming out to his Mizzou teammates last year was a key moment, it came almost as an afterthought, during preseason training camp.
"Coaches just wanted to know a little about ourselves, our majors, where we're from, and something that no one knows about you," Sam said. "And I used that opportunity just to tell them that I was gay. And their reaction was like, 'Michael Sam finally told us.' "
Asked what that moment felt like, Sam said, "I was kind of scared, even though they already knew. Just to see their reaction was awesome. They supported me from Day One. I couldn't have better teammates. ... I'm telling you what: I wouldn't have the strength to do this today if I didn't know how much support they'd given me this past semester."
He did not ask them to keep his revelation a secret.
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