• NFL draft: Mizzou teammate says Michael Sam is ‘the toughest guy I know’

    Summary of 31 articles · Updated Feb 25, 2014
    Sam and the rest of the Mizzou draft prospects will get another chance to work for NFL teams at Mizzou’s Pro Day on March 20. "Mike Sam is the toughest guy I know," Washington said. Sam’s teammate at Mizzou, fellow defensive end Kony Ealy, fared better. “I just wish you guys would see me as Michael Sam the football player and not Michael Sam the gay football player.” When asked whether hed rather the questions center on his football ability, he half-jokingly fired back: Heck yeah! I wish you guys would just say, Michael Sam, hows football going? I just wish you guys would see me as Michael Sam the football player instead of Michael Sam the gay football player. Galko said: “The question about Michael Sam is can he play linebacker in the NFL, can he stand up? It's always a tough transition for great athletes, and he's not a great athlete, he's an OK athlete. If there’s a miscommunication between quarterback and receiver or a flat-out mistake by the wideout and the ball sails over his head or bounces before getting to him or otherwise misses the mark badly, most will assume it’s the quarterback’s fault.
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      Source: stltoday.com
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      Source: suntimes.com
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      Source: ESPN.com
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      Former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam previously said he only wanted to be judged by his athletic performance, not his sexual orientation. If that is the case, Sam is not going to like the reviews of his NFL scouting combine performance. Sam partici…
      Source: yahoo.com
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      Source: CNNSI.com
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      Says positives have outweighed negatives since coming out.
      Source: stltoday.com
    • Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians: Fans a bigger worry for Michael Sam than locker rooms

      INDIANAPOLIS - If the Cardinals drafted Missouri linebacker Michael Sam, coach Bruce Arians would have no worries about how the NFL's first openly gay player would be treated by teammates and coaches. He and a handful of NFL general managers said they h…
      Source: azcentral.com
    • Stephen Holder: Michael Sam handles NFL Scouting Combine media session flawlessly

      It was difficult to tell which shined brighter Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium: the hot lights of the many cameras pointed toward Michael Sam or the Missouri defensive end's wide smile.
      Source: indystar.com
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      Michael Sam wants to focus on just being a football player, rather than the 'gay football player.'
      Source: CNNSI.com
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      Source: ESPN.com
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      INDIANAPOLIS -- To no surprise, Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam was the center of attention during the media portion of the NFL scouting combine on Saturday. Sam spent a significant amount of time answering questions about his sexual orientation.…
      Source: ESPN.com
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      Source: yahoo.com
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      Source: ESPN.com
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      Source: ESPN.com
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      Source: yahoo.com
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      Source: nola.com
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  • Lobbyist drafts bill to ban gay players such as Michael Sam from NFL

    On the week that Missouri's Michael Sam is trying his best to tone down the talk of his sexuality and increase that of his football skill, a lobbyist is trying to prevent Sam and other gay athletes from getting the chance to reach their dreams. Washingt…
    Source: yahoo.com
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