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Missouri’s Sam says he’s gay; how will NFL react?

  • 10:02 pm Sunday, February 9th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Michael Sam, who led the SEC in sacks last season, has announced he is gay. (AP photo)

Michael Sam is gay. That shouldn’t matter to anybody in the world but we’re about to find out whether it matters to anybody in the NFL.

Sam was a standout defensive lineman at Missouri. In fact, he was the SEC’s defensive player of the year with 11.5 sacks in his senior season. So for anybody who had some preconceived, archaic ideas about what a homosexual athlete must look like or sound like, this should obliterate all those clichés. Sam is 6-foot-2, 255 pounds and led college football’s premier conference in sacks.

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