NFL  > General NFL  > Missouri's Sam comes out of the Closet...
February 10, 2014, 03:02 PM
University of Missouri All-American football payer Michael Sam says he is gay and the defensive end could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL...
February 10, 2014  03:14 PM ET

I'm happy for the dude for being ''open-n-honest''........but something tells me that he just added more pressure on himself [or more hOOps/hurdles] as he starts the process entering the Combine, Draft, dealing with the Media,etc..

February 10, 2014  03:20 PM ET

Maybe there was no perfect time to announce this but I think he would have been better off making the announcement after the combine. Like Mother said he now will be faced with dealing with media and that could be disruptive to his performance. If he felt the time was right then so be it. I wish him well.

February 10, 2014  03:38 PM ET

I guess if he was asked to be at the NFL-Combine = he must be pretty good..?,.....*I dunno/I don't follow college/football*.

February 10, 2014  03:50 PM ET

Mel Kiper has him going around 4th Round. He is quick, great pass rusher, and can tackle well, similar to a Robert Mathis type talent wise but of course Mathis has overachieved big time and became a star. Dude has guts and it will be interesting to see who drafts him. If the Colts draft him I would be ok with it as with him and Mathis that could be some deadly speed on that D.Line.

February 10, 2014  03:50 PM ET

He'll be okay providing that Richie Incognito isn't on the same team.

February 10, 2014  04:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

He'll be okay providing that Richie Incognito isn't on the same team.

lol,....I'm sure Richie has learned a lesson or two [.....or should've by now]......on how to behave in the locker-room....?!

February 10, 2014  06:50 PM ET

I heard them calling him a "tweener" on ESPN this morning....very small for a DE, his college position. He was a sack machine at Mizzou, SEC Defensive Player of the Year, First team All American - but at only 255 pounds probably too small to stay there. I guess he got moved to LB part time at the Senior Bowl and didn't do well.

Bottom line, he needs t find a team that plays a 3-4 defense. He sounds like he could be a Melvin Ingram type player, speed from the outside.

He's definitely NFL-worthy. But sit back and watch while his size becomes an issue and a reason not to draft him. Unfortunately, maybe not the REAL reason - more like an excuse. Good luck to him. It's another classification barrier being broken in the sports world, where sadly they seem to lag behind society.

It's easy for the NFL to say "we will welcome Michael San with open arms." But where will he be drafted? That depends on the individual teams, and many may not want to bother. We'll see. Where's Jason Collins right now? Right - he's a FORMER NBA player because no one wants him. Who knows, maybe it's because of diminished skills.

February 10, 2014  06:52 PM ET

He should have just shut up, he just cost himself a boatload of money.

He should have spoke up after he signed a contract.

Now see were honesty get you.

February 10, 2014  07:01 PM ET

Pro football is a game played by alpha males. This man will have to endure locker room ridicule.

February 10, 2014  07:34 PM ET

Patrick Crayton, the tool he is tweeted, "there goes the NFL". Not a surprising comment given the source.

February 10, 2014  08:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Patrick Crayton, the tool he is tweeted, "there goes the NFL". Not a surprising comment given the source.

Crayton is saying what many NFL players are thinking.

February 10, 2014  09:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Pro football is a game played by alpha males. This man will have to endure locker room ridicule.

His teammates seemed fine with it in college in what many consider to be the toughest league. It won't be the first time any of them played with a gay teammate, just the first time they played with one who was out. And I wouldn't consider anyone an Alpha male if the thought of playing with a gay player scares them, if he can play he belongs.

February 10, 2014  09:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Crayton is saying what many NFL players are thinking.

and you really think there aren't closet gays in the NFL? That's pretty small minded if you think that!

February 10, 2014  10:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

and you really think there aren't closet gays in the NFL? That's pretty small minded if you think that!

I never insinuated that there are no closet gays in the NFL but this is the first time a college player with NFL aspirations admitted he was gay. I'm just saying that there are possible ramifications for him coming out of the closet.

February 10, 2014  10:49 PM ET

10 years ago there would be many funny things to say in a thread like this. Now you would just get called a homophobic republican. Damn watered down society!

But to the topic. There is something to be said for his courage. And for that alone, I'm sure he will be given a chance by someone.

I'm curious if owners and coaches would consult with their teams before drafting him. It is an automatic distraction whether it is politically correct to say or not. I do think he sacrificed a lot by announcing it at this point. His honesty is something that is under appreciated and probably lost him lots of money. But more power to him, hope he gets a chance.

February 11, 2014  06:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Crayton is saying what many NFL players are thinking.

umm,....you do know there's a few players still in the [closet] out there,.......we don't hear anything ''negative'' about them or how they ''poisoned'' their locker-room[s].....?!

February 11, 2014  06:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

10 years ago there would be many funny things to say in a thread like this. Now you would just get called a homophobic republican. Damn watered down society!But to the topic. There is something to be said for his courage. And for that alone, I'm sure he will be given a chance by someone. I'm curious if owners and coaches would consult with their teams before drafting him. It is an automatic distraction whether it is politically correct to say or not. I do think he sacrificed a lot by announcing it at this point. His honesty is something that is under appreciated and probably lost him lots of money. But more power to him, hope he gets a chance.

at least bob kraft publicly said he would welcome him with ''open-arms'',......still waiting to hear from the others [owners].....??

February 11, 2014  06:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I never insinuated that there are no closet gays in the NFL but this is the first time a college player with NFL aspirations admitted he was gay. I'm just saying that there are possible ramifications for him coming out of the closet.

^^^.....didn't see this.

February 11, 2014  07:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Pro football is a game played by alpha males. This man will have to endure locker room ridicule.

a strong leadership/presence in the locker-room would put that ''fire'' right out = asap.,....definitely in a patriots/locker-room,............I dunno about a Suh-run/Detroit one....?

 
February 11, 2014  07:46 AM ET

All I really care about is winning as long as the Colts don't have any players committing crimes I could care less what they do in their personal lives or how they party, etc.. I just want W's and decent Character players regarding at least abide by the law.

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