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Michael Sam, Openly Gay NFL Prospect, in Spotlight at NFL Combine

Posted on: February 27, 2014

Sporting a small rainbow-colored pin that read “Stand With Sam”, Michael Sam faced what may have been the largest crowd ever for an individual player press conference at the annual NFL Combine Saturday in Indianapolis. The first-team All-American defensive lineman from the University of Missouri fielded questions with ease, conviction and humor showing he is ready and willing to handle the spotlight.

The 24-year-old from Texas became the first openly gay player in NFL history. Sam wished his sexual orientation wasn’t a major story and that reporters would ask him about football. Sam did get a brief ten-minute stretch to talk about his ability to rush the passer and willingness to play either defensive end or outside linebacker.

The SEC’s 2013 co-defensive player of the year answered questions mostly related to his decision to come out, his experience with teammates in college and how he might handle certain situations in an NFL locker room. Sam was unworried and resolute. “If someone wants to call me a name, I will have a conversation with that guy, and hopefully, it won’t lead to nothing else.”

Sam has been receiving immense amounts of attention in the media, one receiving huge praise is the case made by American sportscaster Dale Hansen. Check out the interview with Michael Sam below:

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