NFL prospect Michael Sam, the SEC co-Defensive Player of the Year after picking up 11.5 sacks for Missouri last year, publicly announced yesterday that he is gay. If Sam makes a team, he will be the first publicly gay player in NFL history. The New York Times first had the story. Here it is.
The NFL put out a statement about the announcement:
“We admire Michael Sam’s honesty and courage. Michael is a football player. Any player with ability and determination can succeed in the NFL. We look forward to welcoming and supporting Michael Sam in 2014.”
> SI talked to eight NFL executives about what coming out could mean for Sam in the draft.
> Peter King’s column at MMQB focuses on Sam coming out, but also talks Seahawks with its second item.
> Forbes says thanks to the Super Bowl win, Seattle can say goodbye to the title of “most miserable sports city.”
> The Denver Post says the Super Bowl quickly became a battle of attitudes.
> SI with some storylines to watch this offseason.
> NFL.com looks at the Seahawks’ free agent decisions coming up. Not anything new there.