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Michael Sam is “ready to work” for the Rams

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Missouri defensive end Michael Sam is as grateful as you’ve ever heard a seventh-round pick.

And he’s ready to pay the Rams back for their willingness to take him.

During his conference call with St. Louis reporters, Sam said he wants to prove himself worthy of his NFL selection, and bring some of the same kind of production he showed in college.

“I knew I was gonna get picked somewhere, and every team that passed me I was thinking I’m gonna sack their QB,” Sam said, via Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Sam said he was “ready to [bleeping] show the world that he is ready to work,” and apparently that begins with the Rams opener against the Vikings.

“Let me tell you something,” Sam said. “If we were playing the Vikings right now, I’d probably have three sacks.”

If he does that, he’ll prove well worth the gamble for the Rams, and add to already fierce pass-rush.

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  1. klutch14u says: May 10, 2014 9:12 PM

    5 in a row, please stop!

  2. dmnirican says: May 10, 2014 9:14 PM

    How about instead of 37 stories all saying the same thing about Michael Sam, we get some updates on rookie free agent signings? Happy the guy is getting a shot, but there is MUCH more going on in the world of football right now…

  3. bennyb82 says: May 10, 2014 9:14 PM

    And so the news stories begin…

  4. thefuture3424 says: May 10, 2014 9:16 PM

    This is what is wrong with the media. There were 100+ hardworking men taken in this draft that are ready to work, but because they are straight they do not get 5 articles in a row written about them.

    These small sub populations complain about not being treated equally, and yet they get more attention then anyone else!

  5. imnotsorryisaidthat says: May 10, 2014 9:19 PM

    at least when they cut him he cant say it was because he was gay

  6. justsomerandomguy24 says: May 10, 2014 9:19 PM

    This is what is wrong with the media. There were 100+ hardworking men taken in this draft that are ready to work, but because they are straight they do not get 5 articles in a row written about them.

    These small sub populations complain about not being treated equally, and yet they get more attention then anyone else!

    ________________________

    Yeah, because gay folks are totally “treated equally” in this country… Having people write a few extra news stories doesn’t really offset being denied basic rights that most of us take for granted.

  7. supremekingz says: May 10, 2014 9:20 PM

    The fusion of politics & sports has begun!

  8. dartwick says: May 10, 2014 9:21 PM

    The fellow must really be a hard worker – Im impressed.
    Most of those other late round picks are probably slackers.

  9. dogfromduckhunt says: May 10, 2014 9:21 PM

    Some people just don’t get it.

  10. SilentMajority says: May 10, 2014 9:22 PM

    I love how so many people are “shocked” and “surprised” that this is a story. You know what I do when I see an article that doesn’t interest me? I don’t click on the link…

  11. rcali says: May 10, 2014 9:23 PM

    99.9% of us watching this draft would have rather had the cameras pointed on McCarron’s girlfriend. Where was she in all this? There’s the story.

  12. billybone says: May 10, 2014 9:26 PM

    As klutch14u stated, 5 stories in a row is a bit excessive. The draft just took place so it’s not as if there aren’t other story lines out there. A good way as a writer to support Sam is to not make him into a media circus.

  13. Xenu D. Alien says: May 10, 2014 9:29 PM

    5 articles in a row? Change the site’s name to michaelsamtalk.com already. If the Rams were playing the Vikings today, Sam would be sitting on the bench, if he even makes the team.

  14. shakespeare22 says: May 10, 2014 9:33 PM

    Enough already! OK, the gay guy was drafted. He’s probably tired of hearing about it already. He’s a football player, an NFL player now – no more, no less. Let’s move on now.

  15. oslograss says: May 10, 2014 9:35 PM

    This is less a story about Sam and more a story about human rights and equality. If some of you can’t see that and let it get the attention it deserves than may your ‘god’ help you.

  16. shakespeare22 says: May 10, 2014 9:36 PM

    What other player that was drafted in the 7th round now has a chip on his shoulder? Oh, just ALL of them! C’mon man – they all say the same thing- straight or gay. Move on, nothing to see here.

  17. beachsidejames says: May 10, 2014 9:36 PM

    Not sure why a football player that has sexual relations with other men has to be front page news. That should be part of his private life.

  18. lowriderfxr says: May 10, 2014 9:38 PM

    5 out of 11 headlines for a 7th rounder?!!!! I mean I’m a little tired of hearing about Johnny football but this is extreme.

  19. jaxdolfan says: May 10, 2014 9:40 PM

    St Louis Sams

  20. brookseyboy says: May 10, 2014 9:40 PM

    Over under on number of Michael Sam stories before midnight…I say 10 stories

  21. campcouch says: May 10, 2014 9:41 PM

    Magic Johnson wants to buy the Rams and move them to LA now.

  22. mightymorgan18 says: May 10, 2014 9:43 PM

    Why is this even a story? Let’s move along now media.

  23. peytonsneck18 says: May 10, 2014 9:49 PM

    Hey theres hundreds of other players that dream came true the past few days.n got drafted too, how about different stories about them

  24. 4512dawg4512 says: May 10, 2014 9:51 PM

    Aaaaand swing the spotlight from Cleveland to St. Louis

  25. stampnhawk says: May 10, 2014 9:52 PM

    Everyone who goes past pick#40 say they have chips on there shoulders, even though the team they got chosen for also likely passed on them once (or for a 7th round compensatory pick, multiple times).

    Waiting for the next two days of PFT stories about the reactions from Obama, Oprah, Goodell, Manziel, Bradford, Manning, Jonathon Martin and Richie I, among others.

  26. tongsareinyourseatback says: May 10, 2014 9:54 PM

    justsomerandomguy24 says:
    May 10, 2014 9:19 PM
    This is what is wrong with the media. There were 100+ hardworking men taken in this draft that are ready to work, but because they are straight they do not get 5 articles in a row written about them.

    These small sub populations complain about not being treated equally, and yet they get more attention then anyone else!

    ________________________

    Yeah, because gay folks are totally “treated equally” in this country… Having people write a few extra news stories doesn’t really offset being denied basic rights that most of us take for granted.

    _________________________

    “Gay folks” aren’t treated equally… they have more rights and influence than the average person. What other interest group could force the CEO of a company to step down for writing a check supporting traditional marriage? You know… traditional marriage, the thing the President vocally supported until it became politically expedient for him to support gay marriage. Sheep.

  27. joe2jerry says: May 10, 2014 9:55 PM

    What basic human right was Sam or any other gay person denied? Marriage is not a basic human right. I’m not sure who informed you what the basic human rights were. Perhaps you should google it…

  28. oslograss says: May 10, 2014 10:06 PM

    Joe2jerry

    You believe everything you read on google? Who said anything about marriage?

  29. nomoreseasontix says: May 10, 2014 10:14 PM

    Maybe the guy can play football.
    The rest doesn’t matter.
    Move on…

  30. fsu01 says: May 10, 2014 10:16 PM

    Thank you for your blessings osglass. My God (capital G) is helping me. But if as you contend this is about human rights, then nothing was accomplished tonight in that regards. Because if something truly was accomplished in that regards then this would not even have to be a story.

  31. mediasloppy says: May 10, 2014 10:17 PM

    People here have a political agenda on all sides. If you don’t like the topic SKIP IT. I do it all the time on articles I have no interest in.

    Jeff Fisher understands the moment as the Rams were also the first NFL team to bring in a Black player.

    And for the love of God. Obama didn’t draft the guy.

  32. rightwingredskin says: May 10, 2014 10:17 PM

    Truth is… The guy is a bum. That’s why he lasted until almost the end of the draft. He’s a bum just like the rest of the seventh round picks. I’m just glad that God’s team, The Washington Redskins, don’t draft terrible players under maybe the most dynamic offensive mind in the game today (Jay Gruden)….

  33. oslograss says: May 10, 2014 10:24 PM

    Fsu01

    A first in any factor regarding human rights garners attention. If there was no inequality in the first place then there would be no story.

    Quit showing your #ignorance

  34. arminscopyofswank says: May 10, 2014 10:26 PM

    A watershed moment in professional sports occurs and certain people are up in arms over the coverage.

    Yes, normally someone drafted 7 spots from the end of the draft doesn’t get this type of coverage.

    If his sexuality wasn’t an issue then there would not be so much coverage.

    Who is to blame? Should he of just kept in the closet? Is he wrong being gay?

    I look forward to a day when people stop using the name of God as a reason for hate.

  35. fsu01 says: May 10, 2014 10:31 PM

    You missed the point in my statement osglass, but thank you for the insult you have now opened my eyes it really helped in making your point.

  36. justsomerandomguy24 says: May 10, 2014 10:33 PM

    “Gay folks” aren’t treated equally… they have more rights and influence than the average person. What other interest group could force the CEO of a company to step down for writing a check supporting traditional marriage?

    ___________________

    Oh. Thanks for clarifying that for me. I would have thought gay folks have less influence because they:

    1. Cannot draw Social security benefits from deceased partners
    2. Are not considered next of kin and thus can be denied the ability to visit their partners in the hospital.
    3. Don’t automatically inherit their partner’s assets in the absence of a will
    4. Are not covered by spousal Medicare benefits
    5. Have long been denied the same immigration benefits that straight couples enjoy
    6 Are frequently not covered by spousal insurance
    7. Aren’t protected from having to testify against one another in court
    8. Cannot maximize their return by filing joint tax returns

    We could keep going, but hopefully you get the point… If you don’t like the Michael Sam coverage, don’t read it– but lets not act like a couple of anecdotes has offset centuries of institutional discrimination…

  37. fsu01 says: May 10, 2014 10:40 PM

    Nor does five articles solve it or even begin to solve it. Which is the point I was trying to make but apparently I am too “ignorant” to make it. Oh wait I am not too “ignorant,” I am too “#ignorant” because adding the “#” in front of it means I am ignorant in a cool cyber sort of way.

  38. yanksbills says: May 10, 2014 10:44 PM

    20 players will come out this season. Watch it happen.

  39. Lord Oswald Bupkis III says: May 10, 2014 10:45 PM

    Sam isn’t the first gay player to play in the NFL and he won’t be the last. This is all about publicly breaking the barriers and formally acknowledging a gay player. For so long a gay player has been forced to keep his lifestyle a secret, while others are allowed to parade their relationships and accept congratulations for it. At the end of the day, he is a football player, and that’s how he’ll be judged, but don’t act like this is just so irrelevant because you haven’t taken the time to empathize.

  40. thegloriousone says: May 10, 2014 10:47 PM

    I’ll read 5 Michael Sam stories if it keeps me from having to read one more story about the Benghazi “scandal”.

    Way to go, Michael. Good luck.

  41. pgilbert15303 says: May 10, 2014 11:03 PM

    Congratulations to ALL the draftees!!!! The NFL is awesome!!!!

  42. humanlawndart says: May 10, 2014 11:05 PM

    I just hope we’re ready for the ‘wave of bigotry’ that will happen when this kid gets cut.

  43. shakespeare22 says: May 10, 2014 11:06 PM

    A persons sexuality is IRRELEVANT, period. I don’t care what anyone does in their personal life as long as laws aren’t broken. This is not a story and it is certainly not a football story.

  44. clintblairjr says: May 10, 2014 11:08 PM

    thefuture3424 says:
    May 10, 2014 9:16 PM
    This is what is wrong with the media. There were 100+ hardworking men taken in this draft that are ready to work, but because they are straight they do not get 5 articles in a row written about them.

    These small sub populations complain about not being treated equally, and yet they get more attention then anyone else!
    ——-
    They get more attention bc idiots still cast them out and do not accept that there are gays and its not a sexual preference it is who they are comfortable with sharing their life with! As long as people hate it will be a media frenzy! By the way he is the first openly gay football player to come out and be drafted into the NFL, so yeah its a big deal get over it!

  45. Carl Gerbschmidt says: May 10, 2014 11:25 PM

    Lucky for him, he gets Vikes in week 1. He should have a huge game.

  46. posmoo says: May 10, 2014 11:26 PM

    justsomerandomguy24 says: May 10, 2014 10:33 PM

    Oh. Thanks for clarifying that for me. I would have thought gay folks have less influence because they:

    1. Cannot draw Social security benefits from deceased partners
    2. Are not considered next of kin and thus can be denied the ability to visit their partners in the hospital.
    3. Don’t automatically inherit their partner’s assets in the absence of a will
    4. Are not covered by spousal Medicare benefits
    5. Have long been denied the same immigration benefits that straight couples enjoy
    6 Are frequently not covered by spousal insurance
    7. Aren’t protected from having to testify against one another in court
    8. Cannot maximize their return by filing joint tax returns

    ______________

    actually everything you said there is a lie. all those rights accrue to married couples, and gays certainly can marry in America. So quit lying please.

  47. keltictim says: May 10, 2014 11:28 PM

    I’m happy for him, I’m happy the barriers been broken, but if he’s cut I truly hope the only story out there is that “Yet another 7th round pick is cut”, I fear rampant speculation about his being gay will create a story where their is none. Also I fear a backlash coming based on the countless stories about his historic signing. I mean just read the comments in this story already. The barriers been broken, if we could get on to the equality part now that would be fantastic. It definitely cheapens things a bit when in one breath you scream for equality, and the next your reminding everyone your different. Michael hasn’t done that, but you don’t have to look far to find those that do, and the next openly gag player may not carry himself with Mr. Sams integrity, and that’s when the issues will start, thus preventing other players from possibly coming out.

  48. realnflmaster says: May 10, 2014 11:31 PM

    He has Hall of Fame potential.

  49. justsomerandomguy24 says: May 10, 2014 11:38 PM

    posmoo says: May 10, 2014 11:26 PM

    justsomerandomguy24 says: May 10, 2014 10:33 PM

    Oh. Thanks for clarifying that for me. I would have thought gay folks have less influence because they:

    1. Cannot draw Social security benefits from deceased partners
    2. Are not considered next of kin and thus can be denied the ability to visit their partners in the hospital.
    3. Don’t automatically inherit their partner’s assets in the absence of a will
    4. Are not covered by spousal Medicare benefits
    5. Have long been denied the same immigration benefits that straight couples enjoy
    6 Are frequently not covered by spousal insurance
    7. Aren’t protected from having to testify against one another in court
    8. Cannot maximize their return by filing joint tax returns

    ______________

    actually everything you said there is a lie. all those rights accrue to married couples, and gays certainly can marry in America. So quit lying please.

    ________________

    They can only marry in like six states or something like that. And another right that they don’t have is that they cannot get married in one state and know that it will be recognized in another. But nice try.

  50. packersgreenbay says: May 10, 2014 11:40 PM

    Next article I read about this guy better be about his 1st nfl sack… Enough already. No more michael Sam articles till he does something to help his team. “The draft cake incident ” is something I can never unwatch but I can control what article I read in the future

  51. professor177 says: May 10, 2014 11:45 PM

    Whats the fuss?? The guy got drafted 249. Whats the big deal? I wouldve thought that the first open gay player in the league would atleast be a top ten pick to warrant such a story.. Top ten talent.. First gay player now thats a story.. But 249??? Seriously…249?? Not top 10 not top 20.. Not even top 100… 249.. LMAO!!

  52. thatswhatimsayin says: May 10, 2014 11:49 PM

    I clicked on a story about Johnny Manziel and it was preempted by a story about Michael Sam.

  53. thetooloftools says: May 10, 2014 11:51 PM

    Oh snap this is just great !

  54. bigbamboom1 says: May 10, 2014 11:53 PM

    Where’s the story on Mr. Irrelevant? Who was Mr. Irrelevant? There’s always an article about him. 5-6 on Sams is just massive overkill. If the press overwhelms the Rams players and training camp about this guy, ala Tebow, he won’t make it to the second Cut before Fisher ends the distractions. Fisher and the GM need to declare right now that they will not tolerate the press questioning any of the other Rams about anything regarding Sam’s lifestyle choices. Or their impact in the lockerroom. He needs to do this to protect the other players and Sams from potentially damaging and divisive comments.

  55. joe2jerry says: May 10, 2014 11:56 PM

    As said earlier, it is only marital rights being denied. The definition that has been held for thousands of years is what you would have redefined. Tell me, should a little boy get to be a girlscout just because
    “It’s not fair” as well. Sam wasn’t kept from employment so what’s with the whining over basic rights?

  56. phillyguyindc says: May 10, 2014 11:58 PM

    I wonder if the Rams regret it yet. Ironically, the media circus is going to be the reason this guy doesn’t get a fair shot. It’s not worth it for teams to answer 1,000 questions on a special teams guy.

  57. moerawn says: May 11, 2014 12:02 AM

    Do the Rams know they can NEVER cut him?

  58. bigbaldpapahawk says: May 11, 2014 12:05 AM

    It’s not just bad here. Look at NFL.com. I am stunned that they are not forcing Hard Knocks on the Rams now.

  59. staffordsyear says: May 11, 2014 12:19 AM

    Wait till he gets cut..

  60. dirtydrew says: May 11, 2014 1:34 AM

    Hope he does well except when the Rams and 49ers play.

  61. tannetrill says: May 11, 2014 1:41 AM

    I understand as to why people would be enraged about how huge the media attention, but as a gay male and an avid football fan, it’s truly inspiring. Especially considering the troubles he went through (2 siblings currently serving time in prison and the death of 3 siblings with one of them being a murder that was witness by Michael), it’s pretty remarkable seeing how he managed to get drafted despite notions that it would cause bad media PR. I believe he can make the most of this opportunity if he takes full advantage of it.

  62. Dogsweat says: May 11, 2014 1:41 AM

    Which Jersey will sell more Johnny Football or Michael Sam’s?

  63. staffordsyear says: May 11, 2014 1:43 AM

    I think he was crying because he’s going to the Rams.

  64. leatherface2012 says: May 11, 2014 1:49 AM

    so he thinks he’ll be better than lawrence taylor. ok goof, now go show it on the field. oh wait, you’ll be cut b4 the season starts

  65. bobzilla1001 says: May 11, 2014 2:05 AM

    Drafting this guy was the easy part. Cutting him from the roster because he stinks will be the hard part.

  66. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: May 11, 2014 3:32 AM

    Three sacks against the Vikes?
    Aim HIGH young man. It’s not as if getting three sacks against the Vikes is a big accomplishment in life!

  67. lscratchingthesurface says: May 11, 2014 5:13 AM

    Congrats to Sam! Good luck in the league! All I care about is he going to help the rams franchise whom I root for when they aren’t playing my Chiefs!

    I wish him all the best!!

  68. nflrule says: May 11, 2014 7:49 AM

    The real story is how creepy/hilarious Michael Silver is from the NFL Network when interviewing Fisher from the Rams.LOL

  69. heymister24 says: May 11, 2014 10:40 AM

    can anyone imagine wasting a draft pick on this clown?

  70. heymister24 says: May 11, 2014 10:44 AM

    who is the head drafter for the rams? He will go down, in history.

  71. stonefish67 says: May 11, 2014 11:57 AM

    Pathetic.
    Hope he gets cut

  72. jhtobias says: May 11, 2014 12:36 PM

    I hope this man is good enough to make the team because I would not want to be around the media storm if he is cut.

    Now if the Vikings drafted him no problem he would be their best dl lb or defensive player, but the problem is the rams actually have some great pass rushers already.

  73. jwil444 says: May 11, 2014 2:55 PM

    guess what? the whole world really doesn’t care that he’s “ready to work”……….now the whole media? that’s another matter.

  74. stoptrippn says: May 11, 2014 6:50 PM

    No more kissing on tv

  75. 737driver69 says: May 12, 2014 8:02 PM

    stoptrippin that is a good comment

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