Michael Sam has been rather vocal about his career as a football player. He was the first NFL player to come out as being a homosexual while still actively playing. Now Sam says he thinks he would still be in the NFL had he not come out before he started with a team.
Sam was drafted in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL draft and joined the St. Louis Rams. He didn’t last long there before being cut by the team. Many thought Michael Sam’s career would be over then but he got a lucky break. The Dallas Cowboys picked Sam up and put him on their practice squad. It took just a few weeks before the Cowboys dropped Michael Sam too.
In an interview on the “Dan Patrick Show” on Friday, Sam was asked about his early departure from the NFL. The former professional football player said during his interview that he thinks he was cut because he is gay. “We came out a little early for my taste. I wanted to come out after I made an NFL roster, it really wasn’t supposed to be public,” Michael Sam told Dan Patrick.
When asked if he thought he’d be on an NFL roster now had he kept his sexuality to himself, Sam said, “I’m not going to say but it probably would have been better for me if I didn’t come out, I would be on a roster. But, as I said, I have no regrets whatsoever. I helped so many people by owning my truth, I helped myself actually.”
By the sound of that, Michael Sam does believe he would still be in the NFL if he had not told everyone he was gay. He told Dan Patrick that he believes the spectacle around him caused the teams to back off. What Sam keeps forgetting to mention is that his NFL combine stats were average at best and not every college phenomenon becomes an NFL great.