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Michael Sam gives Jack Burkman the McFly treatment

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We noted yesterday the efforts of an attention-seeking, backward loon to introduce a bill to Congress which would ban gay players in the NFL.

Now, the man to whom the message was targeted has responded.

Frankly, a Back to the Future reference from a guy born the year Back to the Future III was released only adds to the public relations-win for Sam, who handled himself with class over the weekend at the Scouting Combine.

And he’s right about the reality of the NFL locker rooms. He’s far from the first gay player, just the first to admit it.

While his on-field work was not as good, Sam has earned plenty of praise for his handling of a delicate situation.

But his handling of old bigots with a hint of laughter hit just the right note as well.

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22 Responses to “Michael Sam gives Jack Burkman the McFly treatment”
  1. mclovin07 says: Feb 25, 2014 2:56 PM

    Sam proved in the combine he’s a 5th or 6th Rd pick…he proved in that twitter post he can’t spell.

  2. fnc111 says: Feb 25, 2014 2:59 PM

    I support Steve Elkington. Everyone laughed. You know it. I know it.

    Espn is covering this kid like he is a first rounder then have the nerve to say he underwhelmed at the combine. Ummm hello, he’s a sixth round pick. How stupid can espn be? He put up the numbers he was projected to put up.

  3. fissels says: Feb 25, 2014 2:59 PM

    Sam needs to relax. Nobody is gonna support Burkman.

  4. dlbpatsfan says: Feb 25, 2014 2:59 PM

    Haha good for Sam. Jack needs to get used to the 21st century.

  5. hanspard says: Feb 25, 2014 2:59 PM

    I don’t know if Sam will amount to much as a player, but he’s the perfect guy to kick this door open. Classy dude.

  6. deflateddome says: Feb 25, 2014 3:00 PM

    Actually…Those are 2 people that I wish would go away…

  7. jokendave says: Feb 25, 2014 3:00 PM

    I thought he wanted to be known for his “football skills”, not for being gay. You can’t have it both ways when you bring it out in public first. Personally, your sexual preference doesn’t mean anything to me or anyone else. You applying for the job of NFL professional. Those are the skills for the job, nothing else. People are going to say what they are going to say. Do your job and everything else will take care of itself.

  8. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Feb 25, 2014 3:01 PM

    We win Super Bowls for a reason.

  9. athwartships says: Feb 25, 2014 3:02 PM

    He stands up for himeslf with a little wit….good for him.

  10. norseyapper says: Feb 25, 2014 3:25 PM

    Totally tired of this big never ending story over what should be a non-issue.
    With 5th-6th round talent, meaning he would typically have less than a 50-50 chance to make most teams, who is going to draft him knowing that if they do cut him they’ll be open to all kinds of unfair scrutiny?

  11. buddysguys says: Feb 25, 2014 3:26 PM

    they should ban politicians from sports

  12. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 25, 2014 3:36 PM

    Even a T-1000 can have complications in completing a mission going back in time. I’m not so sure Burkman would be able to succeed in doing anything other than creating a paradox. Besides there’s no fate but what we make for ourselves, not what Burkman makes for us. Burkman doesn’t need Doc Brown, he needs Mr. Destiny.

  13. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 25, 2014 3:38 PM

    This is nothing but a shameless PR ploy by Burkman. For the simple fact that it’s beyond unconstitutional….

  14. thefirstweaponofchoice says: Feb 25, 2014 3:46 PM

    This is what’s wrong with our country today… if you are gay you are gay… if you dont believe that being gay is right,,, than so be it… The social media has made millions from this fact… just let people live their life’s.

  15. beavertonsteve says: Feb 25, 2014 3:49 PM

    I was rooting for Sam to put up some good numbers at the combine. It just didn’t happen. Nobody wanted to really say it, but he looked like a special teams player with mediocre speed and definitely not a lock to be picked anymore. Now I’m worried that he’s going to go undrafted and some lawmaker will start calling for a congressional investigation.

  16. enlightenedskeptic says: Feb 25, 2014 4:21 PM

    Burkman’s an idiot. Everyone knows it.

    You know what *would* keep a gay player out of a locker room?

    Running the 40 in 4.91 seconds.

  17. xinellum says: Feb 25, 2014 4:22 PM

    Michael Sam needs to realize that there are ignorant people all over the country, even more in politics and even more on twitter. The best response to ignorance and bigotry is to ignore they exist and let the idiots continue to prove that they have more fingers and toes than they have IQ score.

  18. slugbaitspace says: Feb 25, 2014 4:30 PM

    I just read something about Jack Burkman’s brother, Jim. Apparently, Jim does not support Jack’s proposal for this bill because, well, um, Jim is gay.

    The irony. It burns.

  19. joshnyc1 says: Feb 25, 2014 4:33 PM

    Dude is fearless, I don’t give a rats ass how he ran in a straight line in under armour, I wanna see him in pads on sunday running 5-10 yards to get the quarterback.

  20. Shinnbone says: Feb 25, 2014 9:14 PM

    Get over it he’s not that good of a Football player, below average D-end and weak as an Outside backer. It’s not that big of a deal it’s just the facts. Quick someone tell me about the other 7th or 8th round guys who are getting his coverage??????

  21. kleb2424 says: Feb 26, 2014 12:56 AM

    9 out of the last 10 SEC defensive players of the year were draft 1st rd. the only one that didn’t was the first pick in the second rd. you cannot tell me that Michael Sam is no good because he struggled in the combine. The combine has zero relevance to football so it really should carry no weight on the subject. Sam will succeed no doubt as long as he’s given a true opportunity.

  22. micknangold says: Feb 26, 2014 6:42 PM

    It’s not that he struggled at the combine, though that obviously hurts his stock. He just doesn’t seem to have a natural position in the NFL, and that’s never a good thing for your draft value.

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