Sunday, August 31, 2014

You'll play again, Sam

So the St. Louis Rams have cut Michael Sam.

I thought he showed pretty good game. He led all Rams with six tackles during the preseason, and otherwise showed tremendous drive and potential. The Rams have a deep defensive line, though, so cutting a talented 7th-round draft pick to shore up elsewhere is hardly unheard-of.

In other words, it was a practical football situation. And that's what great about it.

Sam's performance and release prove three things:

1) He didn't encounter serious opposition for being gay.
2) He didn't receive any preferential treatment for being gay.
3) Even if the Rams didn't need him, he is NFL-ready.

It's the ordinariness of Sam's pro journey that makes it so remarkable.

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