Michael Alan Sam Jr. He played college football for the University of Missouri and was drafted by the St. After completing his college football career, Sam publicly came out as gay.
Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Jeff Rohrer, a former Dallas Cowboys linebacker, said he would have been 'cut immediately,' if he had told the team in the s that he was gay. A link has been sent to your friend's email address.
Both the San Francisco 49ers cornerback and Seattle Seahawks defensive end made offensive comments when presented with the idea of having a homosexual teammate. Got no gay people on the team. They gotta get up outta here if they do.
So, with two gay players taking the field in the top tier of college football this season, has the future finally charged onto the turf? Running back Dave Kopay, who signed with the San Francisco 49ers inwould play for five teams before hanging up his jersey in He would become the first major professional athlete to come out in any sport, telling his story to the Washington Star in — three years after his retirement.
Sam said he endured a series of challenges over the last 12 months, and is stepping away from the game for mental health reasons. The St. Louis Rams used a seventh-round pick on Michael Sam last year, but cut him prior to the start of the regular season.
He argued that the professional adults in the room set a tone that trickles down to college, high school — even junior high school campuses. The money will be used to expand the program to include bilingual programming and events for children with autism or other special needs. The founders of Gay Star News think so.
Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Electric runs like the yard opening kickoff return for a touchdown in front ofat Penn State, or the yard score at home against Northwestern, or the touchdown catches of 53 and 41 yards against Indiana State peppered his college football career.
So we can understand why a career athlete — especially one with household name recognition and all the endorsement deals that come with it — would be hesitant to make their sexuality a headline. Coming out will always be a deeply personal choice, no matter who you are, but we hope these players take into consideration the wave of good they could do by stepping temporarily into that uncomfortable spotlight. There is a difference in issue with professional sports and coming out in my opinion. How can a pro athlete deal with the three ring circus and compete at that high level AND get paid millions or tens of millions for performance — which means wins.
No active NFL player has ever declared his homosexuality publicly. Many NFL players have confessed being gay football players after retirement. InMichael Sam a college football player publicly came out as a gay football player.
By Mark W. He could hide with a helmet on, a 6-foot-7, pound everyman offensive tackle granted anonymity in a sport filled with hulking men. He could put on an act at a bar, once leaving arm in arm with a woman, making sure his teammates saw he was leaving arm in arm with a woman. The showers were a nightmare — or would have been, if he entered them.