Twenty four year old University of Missouri senior Micheal Sam is undeniably an NFL prospect whose expected to be a forth round draft pick by all accounts. He played All American and was named an SEC defensive player of the year. However this is not enough to generate the amount of coverage he is now receiving. Sam has drawn international attention simply by publicly admitting he is gay. Simply? Apparently he also happens to be the first NFL player prospect to do this in history, making his potential playing career forever bearing an asterisk of controversy. Because no matter what his achievements are on the playing field, it will always be accompanied by this footnote. So why would he subject himself to this scrutiny?
As it is Sam is not without his critics. At 6 foot 2 he is considered too small by many scouts for a pro defensive end position and he would have to be retrained (purportedly he is expected to be drafted by a club and switched to outside linebacker) to an unfamiliar position. Add to that locker room hazing; an issue that surfaced just this past November with the Miami Dolphins' highly publicized Richie Incognito "bullying" of Jonathan Martin. One begins to see how this was not simple at all. Yet it appears that Sam was fully aware of the risks before going public.
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