Update: 21 October 4.51pm EST
Michael Sam has been waived by the Dallas Cowboys practice squad. Will he get picked up by another team or is his NFL career in jeopardy?
After being drafted as the first openly gay player into the NFL, the St. Louis Rams waived Michael Sam, leaving him off their 53-man roster just four days before the start of the 2014-15 NFL season. Sam, who was not even put on the Rams’ practice squad, went days wondering if any of the other 31 teams would pick him up.
Well, Michael Sam is going home, as a Dallas Cowboy! The University of Missouri graduate is a Texas native. Who better to sign with, than the Dallas Cowboys, even if it is only to the practice squad. And Michael Sam is overjoyed, the NFL rookie tweeted:
I am not from Texas, but I am a proud American. So I can only say that it is ever so fitting that Sam joins ‘America’s Team.’ Sam is more than just an exceptional football player (All-American, All-SEC, SEC Defensive Player of the Year) he is an exceptional human being. I mean, they don’t hand out the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs to just anybody. Nonetheless, Sam will be a huge addition to the Cowboys. The Cowboys had the worst overall defense last season and Sam is a top defensive prospect. Sam led the Rams this preseason with 3 sacks and was among the leaders of his team with 11 tackles. All the better for the Cowboys, right?
Some may say that Sam should have kept his sexuality in the closet, but they fail to realize the positive impact he has made for the U.S. Yes, America is getting better. But the acceptance of homosexuality still has a long way to go. All in all, I think it’s safe to say Jerry Jones made more than just a business decision, he may actually be making a civil rights statement.