NFC rookies are in Ohio this week for their Rookie Symposium, an event the league holds to help players transition into the professional ranks with discussions about the history of the league, health and wellness and workplace conduct.
That last topic is getting a bit more attention this year after the conduct of the Dolphins’ offensive line became the subject of an investigation last year and also because of the presence of the league’s first openly gay player. Rams defensive end Michael Sam hasn’t experienced a hard time, though.
“It’s very positive, it’s very fun,” Sam said, via the Associated Press. “I’m excited to be playing for the Rams, I’m excited to be in the NFL.”
Sam’s Rams teammate Greg Robinson called Sam “just another guy” and “really cool once you get to know him” while Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans said it was easy to see how much Sam’s new teammates enjoy his company. That’s left Sam with plenty of time to focus on the football side of things.
“It’s very fast. Everything is full speed,” Sam said. “If you make a mistake, it could cost you that win in practice or that win in a game. That one mistake. So you’ve got to pay attention to details.”
Sam isn’t likely to see much time behind Chris Long and Robert Quinn and has been working on special teams in hopes of earning a roster spot with the Rams, which gives him plenty in common with most of the other rookies attending the events in Ohio this week.