1st openly gay football player cut from the NFL

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    Oct 22, 2014 6:50 AM GMT
    After making history as the first openly gay football player drafted to the NFL, Michael Sam has been cut from the Cowboys practice squad.

    http://espn.go.com/dallas/nfl/story/_/id/11739971/dallas-cowboys-waive-michael-sam-first-openly-gay-player-drafted-practice-squad

  • Muscles25

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    Oct 22, 2014 12:26 PM GMT
    Because he sucks icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 22, 2014 12:45 PM GMT
    It's good he got the opportunity. If he works on his game he may have a better shot next year.
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    Oct 22, 2014 4:23 PM GMT
    The only thing he did with his shot at fame is come out to everyone. He never impressed anyone with his skills. So why should he stick around?
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    Oct 22, 2014 4:43 PM GMT
    Boy, some pretty harsh critics here; careful someone doesn't label you a "hater." However skilled, the guy had guts to come out and persist, and I salute him for that. How many others have anywhere near the talent on the gridiron that he has? I wish him well in whatever he does.
  • venue35

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    Oct 22, 2014 4:53 PM GMT
    Well if this decision has nothing to do with his sexuality
    And only with his football skills im fine by that.
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    Oct 22, 2014 5:13 PM GMT
    He should have waited to come out until after he was fully accepted somewhere. Hopefully he tries in Canada.
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    Oct 22, 2014 5:51 PM GMT
    He needs to step his game up. The entire hype was around his sexual orientation and not his skills. And he just wouldn;t be able to keep up with the team. i think he will become better in the future though
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    Oct 22, 2014 5:52 PM GMT
    tmac saidIt's good he got the opportunity. If he works on his game he may have a better shot next year.


    That's what I'm hoping! icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 22, 2014 7:04 PM GMT
    MGINSD saidBoy, some pretty harsh critics here; careful someone doesn't label you a "hater." However skilled, the guy had guts to come out and persist, and I salute him for that. How many others have anywhere near the talent on the gridiron that he has? I wish him well in whatever he does.


    No haters on this forum. I'm happy he was given a chance to be more than just another football player. And I'm also happy the reason he wasn't kept wasn't because of his sexuality. For the NFL, that's major. Sam will get another chance, that I'm sure. He needs to work on his game, that's all. Gotta earn your place!
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    Oct 22, 2014 8:27 PM GMT
    It is the Cowboys so...you know...maybe he'll get picked up somewhere else.
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    Oct 23, 2014 2:15 AM GMT
    or he'll just come on up to Canada and play for the CFL
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    Oct 23, 2014 2:35 AM GMT
    lifeduringwartime23 said
    tmac saidIt's good he got the opportunity. If he works on his game he may have a better shot next year.


    That's what I'm hoping! icon_smile.gif


    Ditto

    On another note, I think we should all be aware that due to stereotypes, any openly gay player who defies those stereotypes are going to be sensationalized by the media whether they want the attention or not. I believe there's a double standard here. People hate to be stereotyped even if it's based on some perceived reality. Sure technically gay people CAN perform well in basketball, american football, MMA, boxing etc. but how many ARE visible and out there proving that theory?

    Yet we have a guy who tried to prove that theory, we should be more supportive on his attempt, instead of criticizing him about his publicity. We can't have it both ways people lol
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    Oct 23, 2014 2:36 AM GMT
    Muscles25 saidBecause he sucks icon_smile.gif
    And doesn't swallow.
  • Dazza73

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    Oct 23, 2014 12:37 PM GMT
    Because he can't handle the truth ( can't make the grade move on )
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    Oct 23, 2014 2:52 PM GMT
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    Oct 23, 2014 2:56 PM GMT
    Guy101 saidIt is the Cowboys so...you know...maybe he'll get picked up somewhere else.


    Danny Amendola was 1st with Cowboys. He was with Practice squad with Cowboys. Rest is history.
  • Muscles25

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    Oct 23, 2014 3:46 PM GMT
    Glad he came out but he never had the skills to make it in the NFL. That's not hate, it's facts.
  • HottJoe

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    Oct 23, 2014 4:13 PM GMT
    He spent too much time making out with his bf with cake in his mouth, and not enough time assaulting women and children in elevators.
  • mybud

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    Oct 23, 2014 7:56 PM GMT
    Muscles25 saidBecause he sucks icon_smile.gif
    Agree...
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    Oct 24, 2014 12:10 PM GMT
    Thought there'd be more support for the guy.



    What's the alternative to him NOT coming out? Lying to the public and having a g/f??



    I think its big. It started a discussion among the NFL and made it much easier for whoever comes along after him. I remember college as being the "ceiling" back when I played because I knew I couldn't be out in the NFL.


    I applaud Sam. Hope he finally makes it into the league. I also hope more players come out, current and future, so that we can finally gain more acceptance for the youngsters.






  • HottJoe

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    Oct 24, 2014 2:31 PM GMT
    JuanPablomv89 said
    silver_phoenix said
    HottJoe saidHe spent too much time making out with his bf with cake in his mouth, and not enough time assaulting women and children in elevators.


    SissyJoe, this is a real jock site, just because it is a gay site doesn't mean you are entitled to mince around here spouting man hater feminist propaganda.icon_rolleyes.gif


    I know, this fucking man hater feminist is so pathetic and that bitch started the fight at the elevator so why women have the right to physically attack men without any charge against them?. Beyonce sister attacked kicking and punching him.

    So, you guys thinking knocking out women, like Rice, or lacerating children's genitals, like Peterson, makes you a man?

    You two are slime, but that's nothing new.
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    Oct 25, 2014 12:06 AM GMT
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    Oct 25, 2014 5:29 AM GMT
    As a senior in 2013, Sam recorded 11.5 quarterback sacks and 19 tackles for a loss. He led the SEC in both categories, and tied Missouri's single-season record for sacks.[9] He was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week in two consecutive weeks, after recording three sacks apiece in games against the Arkansas State Red Wolves and the Vanderbilt Commodores. After the season, Sam was named the SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year, with C. J. Mosley of the University of Alabama, and a first-team all-SEC selection.

    Sam was named a first-team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press, Sporting News, the American Football Coaches Association, and the Football Writers Association of America. He was also named a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, the Hendricks Award, and the Lombardi Award. Missouri played in the 2014 Cotton Bowl Classic, in which Sam forced a fumble that was returned for a touchdown, securing Missouri's victory over the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

    During his college career, Sam accumulated 123 tackles, including 36 for loss, 21 sacks, six forced fumbles and two intercepted passes. He graduated from Missouri in December 2013. He participated in the 2014 Senior Bowl in January 2014; considered too small to play as a defensive end in the National Football League (NFL), he played as an outside linebacker. Sam struggled at the new position.

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    He was seen as too small to play defensive end and too slow to play outside linebacker.

    Sam made his professional debut on August 8, 2014 during the first preseason game against the New Orleans Saints, where he made one tackle in the game on quarterback Ryan Griffin. During the second preseason game against the New Orleans Saints, Sam recorded his first professional sack where he sacked Matt Flynn. In preseason game 3 against the Cleveland Browns, Sam sacked the fellow top-quality rookie Johnny Manziel.

    In four exhibition games, Sam recorded 11 tackles and 3 sacks, including a team-leading 6 tackles in the final game. “I believe he can play in this league,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. On August 30, St. Louis released Sam as part of a final round of cuts to reduce their roster to the league-mandated 53 players before the start of the regular season. The Rams, who kept nine defensive lineman, chose to retain undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks over Sam. While their statistics were similar, Westbrooks provided the versatility to play all four defensive line positions, while Sam had been playing virtually exclusively as a left defensive end.

    ...he's a free agent now.