Fifteen former University of Missouri football players participated in Missouri’s Pro Day Thursday in their last chance for national exposure before the National Football League draft. The players participated in drills similar to the NFL Combine, such as the 40 yard dash and 225 lbs. bench press.
Former University of Missouri football player Michael Sam came out as gay earlier this month. He came out to his teammates last August—that season, he also became the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and helped lead the Tigers to a 12-2 record. Now, Sam could be the first openly gay player in the NFL.
Hundreds of Michael Sam supporters lined up along Stadium Boulevard with frozen fingers and toes on Saturday (Feb. 15). Some brought signs, some brought hand warmers, but one thing they all brought was a united front to stand up for Sam.
Recently, former MU football player and alumni Michael Sam announced he was gay. KBIA, ESPN and other media outlets continue to thoroughly cover this story. On this weeks' Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Darren Hellwege looks at how MU's sports administration reacted to Sam's announcement.
After the news broke Sunday evening that Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam is gay, Sports Illustrated published an article with the opinions of several anonymous NFL executives who said his decision to come out might hurt his NFL prospects. One said he doesn’t think football is ready for a gay player, and another said having a gay player in the locker room would be a big distraction.
But it wasn’t a problem this past season at MU, where the Tigers finished ranked fifth in the country even after Sam told them he was gay at the beginning of the season.
Center: Michael Sam. Clockwise, from top right: Llyod Gaines, James Rollins, John Brown, Todd Akin, Jackie Robinson, the Missouri Compromise, and Dred Scott. Remember these guys at your next trivia night.
National Football League prospect Michael Sam publicly came out over the weekend. Although some critics have expressed concern about the league being ready for a publicly gay player, Sam’s former college coach says he hopes Sam’s new team treats him like his college team.
University of Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel says he’s proud of the courage Sam has shown by announcing he’s gay. Sam is an all-American and co-defensive player of the year in the Southeastern Conference.
On Sunday, MU football player Michael Sam publicly came out as gay in interviews with several media outlets. There has of course been a lot of reaction to the news, with many praising the defensive lineman’s decision and others questioning whether it’ll affect his prospects of being drafted into the NFL. Sam would be the first openly gay player in the NFL if he is drafted. Before his announcement, he was projected to be taken in the third or fourth round.
In a Sunday 'New York Times' feature, MU football's former defensive lineman Michael Sam, says he is gay, and that he's already come out to his fellow team mates, who voted him most valuable player. The 'New York Times' reports this is the first time Sam's spoken publicly about being gay.
Coaches at the University of Missouri divided players into small groups at a preseason football practice last year for a team-building exercise. One by one, players were asked to talk about themselves - where they grew up, why they chose Missouri and what others might not know about them.