He had to wait until the final day, but the wait was worth it.
Michael Sam made history when the St. Louis Rams selected him with the 249th overall choice. With his selection, Sam becomes the first openly gay player to be drafted in NFL history.
Many wondered if Sam would be drafted with the seventh round winding down, but with just seven picks left before the end of the draft, the Rams ended that wait. Talk about a nail-biter. As the draft was coming to an end, many people and commentators were wondering if any team would take a chance on the former Missouri Tiger. Yes, despite the fact that Sam does need some work to be a good NFL player, was it his skill-set or his sexual orientation stopping him from getting drafted? It looks like that question has been answered.
I’m glad that the Rams selected Sam. They have a great head coach in Jeff Fisher and I think he’s one of the few experienced coaches who can handle a story like this. And to be honest, I don’t think that the players won’t make a big fuss about this. If Sam makes the roster, it’s all going to be about football. Just look at his production at Missouri. Things seemed to work out great for Sam and the Tigers there, so why won’t it in the NFL.
Congratulations, Michael. I hope to see you in a Rams (or any team) uniform on Week 1.