Michael Sam was the first openly gay football player to ever be taken in the NFL Draft. Sam never made it onto an NFL field during the regular season and his football career could very well be over after a failed stint in the CFL.
During a recent interview with Colin Cowherd, Sam admits that he wishes that he hadn’t been drafted.
Why would he wish something like that? Most importantly, it would have given him a chance to hand pick the team that he wanted to play for. The St. Louis Rams took him, but he knew from day one that he didn’t have much of a chance to make the roster because of how stacked the Rams were on the defensive line.
He did make it clear that while he knew he wouldn’t make the team, the Rams and their players treated him like family. They invited him over to their houses and hung out with him without allowing his sexual preferences to come in the way.
Sam was one of the best college football players in the nation his last year with the Missouri Tigers, but he never developed after that. He was undersized to play the defensive end position and was too slow as well. Having both of those negative strikes against him made it impossible for him to get many chances after being released by the Rams and Dallas Cowboys.
It will be interesting to see if he ever gets another chance to play in the NFL and, if he does, how much he has improved.
Check out the full video of Sam’s interview with Colin Cowherd for yourself:
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