• If Michael Sam is drafted, ESPN will have a camera on him

    Summary of 64 articles · Updated May 14, 2014
    Though Sam was drafted, the N.F.L. Despite a previous report that Sam had declined requests from ESPN and NFL Network to put him on the air, ESPN spokesman Bill Hofheimer wrote on Twitter today that Sam will be on camera if he is drafted. “I just wish you guys would just see me as Michael Sam the football player,” he said, “instead of Michael Sam the gay football player.” “It’s OK to be who you are,” Sam said. But it’s more likely that it was Sam’s workout at the Scouting Combine that caused his draft stock to drop: Sam struggled in his workouts, and many personnel people simply didn’t think he had the athletic talent to make it in the NFL. A quick look at the Rams' roster shows that, despite having one of the more talented defensive lines in the NFL, there is a need for more depth, especially at defensive end where Sam played in college down the road at Mizzou and where he's projected to play in the Rams' scheme. "He's a good football player, and we got a good football player right after him, so I'm excited about our draft, excited about our production, excited about the possibility of adding him to our defensive front." DAVIE, Fla. It has not been a banner week for Miami Dolphins players on social media.
    • Ram Bytes: Yes, Michael Sam can make the Rams

      When the Rams drafted the Mizzou defensive end, some immediately waved it off as a 'wasted' draft choice. That's not even close to reality.
      Source: stltoday.com
    • Gordon: Michael Sam goes to work amid hoopla

      Rams draft pick says he is glad to serve as a role model, but he is more eager to make the roster and help the team win.
      Source: stltoday.com
    • Strauss: Sam is 'determined to be great'

      After Tuesday's hoopla, he's ready to get down to the business of football.
      Source: stltoday.com
    • Michael Sam declares 'I will make this team'

      Michael Sam discusses being drafted and his motivation before getting started with the St. Louis Rams.
      Source: CNNSI.com
    • Michael Sam eager to prove self on field

      EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The spotlights are off, the media have dispersed and the wait is over. For Michael Sam, the St. Louis Rams' newest addition at defensive end and the first openly gay player drafted to the NFL, it's time to get down to business. Less t…
      Source: ESPN.com
    • Sam focused on football, making Rams' roster

      Michael Sam made it clear Tuesday his focus is on moving past the bright lights and cameras and on to making the Rams' 53-man roster.
      Source: ESPN.com
    • Michael Sam: “I’m blessed”

      Rams defensive end Michael Sam thinks he’s landed in the right place. Sam, who became the NFL’s first openly gay player when he was drafted by the Rams on Saturday, was formally introduced at a press conference in St. Louis today. Sam thanked Rams coach…
    • Sam to wear No. 96 in St. Louis

      The first openly gay player in the NFL officially has a number for a jersey that will sell more briskly than any jersey ever worn by a seventh-round pick. Via Darren Rovell of ESPN.com, the Rams have assigned No. 96 to Sam, the 249th overall selection i…
    • Sam may have been better off going undrafted

      The stature and media coverage of the draft create a clear presumption that it’s very good for a player to have his name called as one of the more than 250 selections. For players drafted at the end of the process, however, it’s better to not be drafted…
    • Tipsheet: Sam possesses speed rush potential

      Michael Sam is making news, but can he make the Rams? Some experts see real potential in his pass-rushing skills.
      Source: stltoday.com
    • Burwell: It's time to let Sam play football, blend in

      Rams draft pick needs to focus on his job — not the gay activist movement — if he's going to succeed.
      Source: stltoday.com
    • Making roster will be tough task for Sam

      EARTH CITY, Mo. -- In nearly every possible way -- except one -- defensive end Michael Sam's fit in St. Louis should be easy and comfortable. But the exception is a big one, the one that matters most when it comes to Sam's long-term future in the NFL. F…
      Source: ESPN.com
    • Ex-Rebel Henderson: Sam tweet 'research'

      Former Ole Miss star Marshall Henderson told ESPN.com that his derogatory tweets about Michael Sam was a project to gather information for a friend who is deciding whether to tell his family and friends about his sexual orientation.
      Source: ESPN.com
    • What Michael Sam means to young, gay, black men

      By simply being himself he serves as living proof that an African-American gay man need not be divorced from his inherent masculinity
      Source: stltoday.com
    • Michael Sam: I should have gone in the first three rounds

      Rams defensive end Michael Sam believes he should have been drafted much, much earlier than he was. Sam, selected late in the seventh round, said NFL teams chickened out from drafting him, although he stopped short of saying that his draft stock dropped…
    • NFL draft: Johnny Manziel to Michael Sam, the biggest story of the 2014 draft

      It was a dramatic, emotional and historic three days for the NFL draft. Johnny Manziel, pick No. 22, was the biggest football story. Michael Sam, pick No. 249, was the biggest sociological story. Here are the Daily News’ Top 10 Impact Stories of the 201…
    • Dolphins fine and suspend player for tweeting negative comment about Michael Sam

      When Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones tweeted "horrible" in regards to Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend on ESPN after being drafted by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday, it wasn't a moment the NFL, Sam, the Dolphins or anyone wanted. But make no …
      Source: yahoo.com
    • Jones sorry, fined for tweet on Sam

      The Miami Dolphins have fined second-year defensive back Don Jones an undisclosed amount and excused him from the team following critical remarks toward Michael Sam, who recently became the first openly gay athlete drafted by an NFL team.
      Source: ESPN.com
    • Dolphins fine, suspend Don Jones from offseason program

      Just as the Dolphins were watching the Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito mess fade into the distance, another member of the team has created a situation with which the team dealt swiftly and decisively. The Dolphins announced that cornerback Don Jones ha…
    • Sports of The Times: Too Long a Wait for Michael Sam at the N.F.L. Draft

      The selection of Michael Sam by the St. Louis Rams late in the final round of the N.F.L. draft may have saved the league from another public relations problem.
      Source: nytimes.com
    • Fisher says Rams won’t hesitate to cut Michael Sam, if he doesn’t earn roster spot

      The team that drafted Michael Sam had to be ready either to cut him if he’s not one of the best 53 players on the roster or to carry him on the roster if the team isn’t prepared for the scrutiny that would come from cutting him. In remarks to reporters …
    • Sam should feel welcome in St. Louis

      EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Less than two hours east down Interstate 70 from his college stomping grounds at the University of Missouri, Michael Sam will take his shot at becoming the first openly gay player in the NFL. The St. Louis Rams used the 249th overall …
      Source: ESPN.com
    • Dolphins GM 'disappointed' by tweet on Sam

      Just 48 hours after Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey found himself in hot water over recent Twitter comments, Dolphins second-year player Don Jones tweeted a controversial reaction to the St. Louis Rams drafting Michael Sam.
      Source: ESPN.com
    • NFL Draft 2014: What they're saying about Michael Sam, other Day 3 highlights

      National reaction to Saturday's more notable selections and happenings.
      Source: nola.com
    • Historic pick: Rams take Michael Sam in 7th round

      Mizzou's All-American defensive end becomes the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL.
      Source: stltoday.com
    • Michael Sam is “ready to work” for the Rams

      Missouri defensive end Michael Sam is as grateful as you’ve ever heard a seventh-round pick. And he’s ready to pay the Rams back for their willingness to take him. During his conference call with St. Louis reporters, Sam said he wants to prove himself w…
    • Snaps: Welcome to the NFL, Michael Sam

      The NFL draft's final day was highlighted by the St. Louis Rams' selection of Michael Sam in the final round.
      Source: CNNSI.com
    • Jerry Jones: Michael Sam didn’t fit what the Dallas Cowboys do defensively; ‘I was happy to see him drafted’

      IRVING — Jerry Jones said the Dallas Cowboys didn’t consider drafting Michael Sam because he didn’t fit what they do defensively. On Saturday night, the outside linebacker from Missouri became the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL as the St. …
    • Can Michael Sam earn a spot in a deep DE rotation in St. Louis?

      As with just about any other seventh-round pick, Rams rookie defensive end Michael Sam faces a challenge to make the 53-player roster. The 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Sam joins a club that is already very strong at his position. The Rams’ sta…
    • Michael Sam would have had four offers if undrafted

      The Rams made history when they used the 249th pick on Missouri defensive end Michael Sam. But if he had lasted through eight more picks, he’d have had his choice of offers. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Sam would have chosen between off…
    • Rams' decision to draft Michael Sam leads to plenty of reaction from sports world

      Michael Sam had to be in disbelief as he sat through almost seven full rounds of the NFL draft without hearing his name called. His demeanor changed dramatically when the St. Louis Rams selected him in the seventh round, 249th overall. Sam, a former sta…
      Source: yahoo.com
    • Watch the amazing ESPN video of Michael Sam's reaction to being drafted

      A young man who has worked his whole life to get drafted by the NFL gets the call that he has been selected. He tries to keep it together while the team is on the phone but can't. He gives in to the emotion and enormity of the moment and the tears come.…
      Source: yahoo.com
    • St. Louis Rams Draft Michael Sam, First Openly Gay Player

      In the seventh round of the NFL draft, the Rams drafted Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to enter the draft.
    • Sam chosen in 7th round by St. Louis Rams

      Michael Sam made history Saturday afternoon, as the St. Louis Rams made him the 249th overall choice in the 2014 NFL draft.
      Source: ESPN.com
    • Michael Sam Selected By St. Louis Rams With 249th Overall Pick

      With just eight picks remaining in the 2014 draft, the St. Louis Rams selected SEC Defensive Player of the Year Michael Sam. It took nearly the whole damned draft for Sam to get selected—consider in the last six years no SEC Defensive Player of the Year…
      Source: deadspin.com
  • Michael Sam faces new challenges as an NFL player

    Boomer Esiason discusses the importance of Michael Sam's selection and the challenges the linebacker faces as a pro.
    Source: CNNSI.com
  • Networks don't hesitate with Sam coverage

    When a sobbing Michael Sam celebrated his selection by the St. Louis Rams by hugging and kissing his partner, another man, it made it real and physical that an openly gay athlete had taken an unprecedented step toward an NFL career.
    Source: ESPN.com
    • No hesitation for ESPN on airing Michael Sam's kiss

      "In the truck, we were only saying, 'Wow, this is great emotion here.' No one stepped up and said, 'Oh, wow, do we really want to be showing this?'"
      Source: stltoday.com
  • Only Johnny Football’s selling more jerseys than Michael Sam

    Even though he nearly went undrafted, new Rams defensive end Michael Sam is moving merchandise. According to Cyd Zeigler of Outsports.com, Sam had the second-highest-selling jersey among this weekend’s picks, trailing only Cleveland quarterback Johnny M…
  • Sealed With a Kiss: Where do you start after a weekend like this? Cho…

    Where do you start after a weekend like this? Choose one: The Michael Sam saga, which couldn’t have been more dramatic if the Coen brothers had scripted it. The Johnny Manziel story, which blew every sports story out of the water for two days. Wait unti…
    Source: CNNSI.com
  • President Obama congratulates Sam, Rams

    EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Soon after the St. Louis Rams used the 249th overall choice on Michael Sam, President Barack Obama offered congratulations to Sam and the Rams for the historic moment. Via a statement issued through the White House, Obama praised the …
    • St. Louis could be perfect team for Michael Sam; Obama calls his selection 'an important step forward'

      Maybe more than any other place in the NFL, Sam will be allowed to concentrate on playing football and making the team, which is no guarantee for a seventh-round draft choice.
      Source: detnews.com
  • Gay Sports Bar Hosts Michael Sam Draft Party

    The seventh and final round of the 2014 NFL Draft is underway and Michael Sam has not been drafted yet, but patrons at Gym Sportsbar in West Hollywood are holding out hope. Read more...
    Source: deadspin.com
  • Sam, other notables still available in NFL draft

    Michael Sam, poised to become the NFL's first openly gay player, is still on the board after six rounds of the NFL draft.
    Source: ESPN.com

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