A courageous defensive lineman at the University of Missouri has shocked the world with his latest broadcast. The coaches divided the players into small groups to help each other get to know one another. While doing this icebreaker exercise, Michael decided this was the moment of truth. As he stood in front of his teammates he announced, “I’m gay”. The senior came out and said what everyone already had in mind. With that said, Michael had a set path to becoming the first gay National Football player publicly.
Michael Sam, a 24-year-old senior standing at 6 foot 2 inches and weighing 260 lbs has made his mark within NCAA Football. This vocally defensive lineman had a stellar season as the Missouri Tigers, finishing with a 12-2 record and winning the Cotton Bowl. Michael was named 1st Team All American, MVP by his fellow teammates, as well as being named Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year.
While transitioning from competing in college to expecting to play in the N.F.L, Michael faces an uncharted area within the sports landscape. He made sure he confirmed his public statement before he was drafted. Sam prepares to enter a league with an overly macho culture, where controversies over homophobia have attracted recent attention. The aggressive lineman decided to come out publicly because he sense rumors were circulating. “I just want to make sure I could tell my story the way I want to tell it. I just want my own truth,” said Michael Sam.
Between now and the draft, Michael plans on attending scouting combines, where players are put to the test to see their “readiness” for the N.F.L. It is hard to not wonder how this announcement would affect Michael’s future, positive or negative. Michael Sam just wants to play in the National Football League while being accepted for who he is.