Missouri defensive end Michael Sam is an animal. The SEC defensive player of the year and first-team all sec player had 11.5 sacks to lead the conference. He led his team to a bowl victory and a #5 national ranking. It was one of the finest years in Missouri football history. Michael Sam led the way. Sam is expected to be a mid-round draft pick in the upcoming May NFL draft. Oh, by the way, Michael Sam is gay.
As a matter of fact, Sam could become the first openly gay NFL player. I stress could. It’s going to be real interesting to see how the NFL brass handles this situation. An openly gay player in the NFL would be a first. Would a team overlook a players sexual orientation and draft him strictly on talent alone? We’ll soon find out. How about Sam’s bravery? Coming out is hard enough, I would imagine, but doing it before the NFL draft, is nothing short of amazing. I’d draft Michael Sam. For two reasons. First and foremost, because he is a football player, pure and simple. The guy can play. And secondly because he’s shown the type of character that you would want on your team. Michael Sam is a football player. And Michael Sam is gay. How the NFL teams handle this come draft day should be very telling. Stay tuned.