Much has been said this past offseason about Michael Sam being the first openly gay NFL player. I commended him for his announcement, for freeing himself. Unfortunately along with that, comes a lot of unnecessary media attention. I mean it’s no secret we probably wouldn’t be discussing the NFL 7th rounder countless times a week if it weren’t for him being gay.
After recently being cut by the St. Louis Rams, the team that drafted him with the 249th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, he appears to have another shot. Now whether or not all the media attention helped or hurt his career/dream, good news is Michael Sam has just signed a deal with the Dallas Cowboys to play on their practice squad. Although it’s not the official 53-man roster, it means he’s allowed to dress in full Cowboys uniform everyday, but game day.
I figured all along the Cowboys would be a perfect fit for Sam, being that he’s from Texas. Plus we all know Mr. Jerry Jones and the Cowboys never shy away from a good media frenzy, they actually welcome the attention. Now whether or not Sam will make the 53-man roster remains a mystery, but if he doesn’t, at least we know it won’t be because of all the media attention that could cause distractions in the locker room.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said during a news conference, adding Sam is “a good move for our football team right now.”
Garrett even went as far to deflect the distraction comments by saying, “I think we’ve probably talked too much about [Sam being a distraction to his teammates],” adding, “He’s a practice squad player we’re going to bring in here to try to give an opportunity to help our football team.”
The weeks to come should be interesting for young Michael Sam, best of luck to the kid.