I for one would be excited to welcome Michael Sam to my team if I were coaching in the NFL, not because he would be the first openly gay football player in the NFL, but because he is the epitome of mental toughness.
Protections for individuals against workplace discrimination is an unsettled matter of law. Currently 27 of 32 NFL teams are located in jurisdictions that have laws to protect gays from discrimination.
Michael Sam, do you know how many closeted middle- and high-school boys in jerseys now have a trailblazer to look up to who has made their journeys a bit easier? I wish there had been a Michael Sam when I was in one of those jerseys.
The truth about "coming out" stories is that black, gay men need to hear them. We need to see queer people of color celebrating their truths and journeys.
Publicly, the NFL is being supportive, putting out a statement saying, "We admire Michael Sam's honesty and courage," but in Sports Illustrated numerous unnamed sources say Sam's going to be a "distraction" and not a problem any team is going to want to take on.
College football fans are a delusional bunch, myself thoroughly included. We don't understand why anyone wouldn't want to play for our school, our coach, our program.
If you're wondering how you are going to survive until the new football season, here are five ways to beat the post-Super-Bowl blues.
There is nothing inherently wrong with abolishing the point-after conversion, but if the NFL is going to make changes to its product, it should worry more about abolishing perfectly legal plays that enhance the risk of player concussions.
With more than 111 million viewers tuning in to watch the Super Bowl this year, the idea that soccer could compete for the honor of America's most popular sport seems preposterous on its face. But, before ruling out the possibility, let's take a closer look at the facts.
As an audience, we have been slow to accept the humanity in our seemingly super-human athletes. Information about the number of athletes suffering from depression and mental illness trickles slowly into the mainstream.
Ernie Banks' positive attitude was infectious. He learned that he could make everyone around him smile, and a lot more comfortable, by creating his own weather.
Super Bowl commercials are well-known for their controversial subjects and the chatter they spark post-game, but the conversations following Coca Cola's "America the Beautiful" ad were in a league of their own.
So it may seem to some that this is solely a sport of men jumping on top of one another, a sort of testosterone climax, yet it is so much more.
On December 29th I left my home for five hours to get a cheeseburger, see a friend, and watch the last weekend of regular season football. I hadn't le...
When the Seattle Seahawks beat the Broncos into submission on Super Bowl Sunday it sent a strong statement around the league. The Seahawks quarterback played bigger than his competitor.
There's an amazing epidemic sweeping America, and it's a healthy, vital and enriching one. In every walk of life, people are hearing about the value and importance of mindfulness and meditation. For instance, the Seahawks include yoga and meditation in their training, and they just won the Super Bowl!