Michael Sam Might Be The Most Courageous Player In Football And It Has Little To Do With Him Being Gay

by
Owen Poindexter
While coming out is a huge moment in any gay person's life, for Michael Sam, it is just the most recent in a life of challenges. This one, however, is not about surviving a tragedy, it is about being a hero to the gay community.

Michael Sam, a highly touted defensive end from Missouri State, and likely pick in the upcoming NFL draft, made a stunning announcement to any team that might draft him, and to the world: he's gay. Assuming that a team is willing to take him on (and given that Michael Vick and Ben Roethlisberger still have jobs, someone had better), he will be the first openly gay NFL player next year.

While coming out is a huge moment in any gay person's life, for Sam, it is just the most recent in a life of challenges. This one, however, is not about surviving a tragedy, it is about being a hero to the gay community.

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