After an outstanding senior season, Missouri’s Michael Sam projects as a Day 3 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. (Photo: Tim Heitman — USA Today Sports)
BBD Editor: Dan Hope
Michael Sam became internationally known after publicly revealing his homosexuality Feb. 9, but NFL scouts and college football fans should have already been well aware of the 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year and consensus first-team All-American.
Sam’s revelation is brave and ground-breaking, as he attempts to make it in a league that has never had an active openly gay player.
He should be praised, for his courage could lead the way for other publicly homosexual athletes to receive professional opportunities, and congratulated, for being comfortable with who he is despite the uncertainty and discrimination he likely has faced and will continue to face.
His sexuality, however, says nothing about his ability to play football, which is what ultimately puts him in position to break an NFL barrier.