What Sam has been asked reflects an inequality that forces the NFL out of the realm of hypothetical scenarios -- where gay players are theoretical and anonymous -- and into reality.
Coretta Scott King was best-known for civil rights marches in the '60s alongside her husband, but most don't realize she was an early advocate for gay rights as well.
This morning I overheard a man in his mid-fifties say, "Isn't he a homo?" Naturally, I assumed he was talking about me, so I looked up from my book and started to not-so-accidentally eavesdrop. Turns out, they were talking about Michael Sam.
It is time the NFL grows up and demands players and coaches stop spewing anti-gay offensive lines, while making it clear that Sam must get his chance to prove he can play on the defensive line.
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.
Michael Sam was the 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year. He will be selected somewhere in the next NFL draft. And on Sunday, he told the world he was gay. Perhaps one day our society will embrace people of all sexual orientations, as we should, and this kind of thing won't be national news. For now, though, let us celebrate what Sam did as both courageous and monumental.
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Odds are you'll be pulling your hair out by Week 3. You can have a really solid draft only to instantly have your season derailed by unpredictable injuries, slumps and murder investigations.
Think about it: if coming out as an ally and publicly supporting equality is considered a "distraction," how will an NFL team react to the avalanche of media attention, accolades, hate mail, death threats, etc. when an active player actually comes out as gay?
I'm curious to see what other Steelers fans think of the draft this year. I am a healthy dose of nervous about this upcoming season, with so many big departures, but we'll just never know how everyone fits together until the fall.
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Beyond the odd Barkley pick, Roseman and the Eagles draft squad appears to have done an exceptional job acquiring Chip Kelly type guys. Time will tell whether the Chip Kelly style of man translates into a winning professional football program.
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