Rams cut Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL prospect
6) St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam. Image by Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
The St. Louis Rams drafted Michael Sam, giving hope that he could become the first openly gay NFL player after he came out earlier this year.
That hope has been temporarily delayed, as Sam was one of the Rams' final roster cuts on Saturday.
As NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported:
#Rams coach Jeff Fisher on Michael Sam: “There was no distraction.” This is very much a football decision. “No issue there.”— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 30, 2014
"He kept his head down and worked and you can't ask anything more out of any player for that matter," said coach Jeff Fisher, who told Sam of the cut on Friday.
I want to thank the entire Rams organization and the city of St. Louis for giving me this tremendous opportunity and allowing me to (1/2)— Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) August 30, 2014
show I can play at this level. I look forward to continuing to build on the progress I made here toward a long and successful career (2/2)— Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) August 30, 2014
The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I've always known. The journey continues.— Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) August 30, 2014
If he clears waivers - meaning no other team picks him up by Sunday at 12:00 p.m. CT - the team could bring Sam back and place him on the practice squad.
Sam, who played at the University of Missouri, was one of four 7th-round draft picks the Rams cut on Saturday.
The team is stockpiled with talent at Sam's position, defensive end.