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Michael Sam makes NFL debut

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Listed as a third-stringer on the depth chart and expected by many to not make the 53-man team, Michael Sam’s quest to become the first openly-gay player on a regular-season roster moved on Friday night to an actual game.

Sam entered the Saints-Rams game with 5:13 to play in the first quarter, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  The moment came without fanfare or even a mention by the Rams Broadcasting Network, via an NFL Network simulcast.

On his first snap, Sam initially tried to go inside the right tackle, then moved outside as Saints quarterback Luke McCown rolled to the right before throwing an interception.

On his second snap, Sam slid to the inside on a running play, passing the tailback’s path and then blocked from getting back to the ball carrier.

On his third snap, Sam shot to the inside on a passing play, but he was prevented from getting close to McCown.

The Saints kicked a field goal on the next play, ending Sam’s first series from scrimmage in the NFL.  The fact that he made it onto the field in the first quarter of the first preseason game should be regarded a a good sign.  What he does with the rest of his preseason opportunities will determine his eventual fate.

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  1. rodvmunchiii says: Aug 8, 2014 8:48 PM

    OH MY GAWD!

  2. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 8, 2014 8:50 PM

    I hope he makes it.

    #TeamSAM

  3. bubbybrisket says: Aug 8, 2014 8:51 PM

    Good for him.

  4. grayone77 says: Aug 8, 2014 8:51 PM

    So its come to this? We’re going to have a recap of every single play he’s on the field for?

  5. barsfordays says: Aug 8, 2014 8:55 PM

    About 200+ rookie draft picks and hundreds of UDFAs also made/will make their debuts this week. I dont see any articles for any of them….. is this what its come down to?

  6. lsuzilla says: Aug 8, 2014 8:57 PM

    He didn’t do anything yet you’re parading him around like he’s important?

  7. nyj1979 says: Aug 8, 2014 8:57 PM

    I dunno. I kinda feel like even Sam would be like “Oh come on man”.

  8. doctorrustbelt says: Aug 8, 2014 8:57 PM

    So… Michael Sam helped cause an interception with his pressure on his first NFL play.

    I guess tony dungy was right… Michael Sam is a distraction.

  9. cccpsimian says: Aug 8, 2014 8:57 PM

    I’m truly happy for the former SEC Defensive Player of the Year. Michael Sam has more than earned his chance.

    And for those who don’t like it… may I suggest a move to Uganda? Good riddance.

    #TeamSam

  10. fcoprado says: Aug 8, 2014 8:58 PM

    In Sam we trust

  11. skawh says: Aug 8, 2014 8:59 PM

    chill out phober’s…..the sun will rise in the morn’

  12. johnodocks says: Aug 8, 2014 9:03 PM

    Microscopic over-reporting like this is going to ruin this kid.

  13. steelerguy says: Aug 8, 2014 9:05 PM

    So what???

    Comments on any of the other rookie plays yet? Good grief – coverage of him because of his sexuality??

    Can we just play football already?

  14. beattention says: Aug 8, 2014 9:05 PM

    I guess I still live in the 60’s.

  15. bubbybrisket says: Aug 8, 2014 9:06 PM

    Just leave the man alone and let him work.

  16. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 8, 2014 9:06 PM

    The only people against Sam are the ones foolish enough to believe in fairy tales. I hope you never eat shellfish, wear two different types of fabric at the same time and don’t drink alcohol. Bozo the clowns.

  17. ncbengalmike says: Aug 8, 2014 9:07 PM

    UDFA

    Nothing to see here

  18. kilofox2014 says: Aug 8, 2014 9:14 PM

    Really…play by play for a seventh round pick…please.

  19. cccpsimian says: Aug 8, 2014 9:19 PM

    lsuzilla says:
    He didn’t do anything yet you’re parading him around like he’s important?
    —————————-

    Bill Willis and Marion Motley were two of the the first African Americans to play in the NFL, breaking the color barrier a full year before Jackie Robinson did it on the diamond. Would you call that important?

    Michael Sam is the first openly gay player in NFL history. What he’s doing is breaking down barriers and changing the league and the country for the better. He, just like anyone else who puts in the work, and has the talent, has EARNED the right to be on that gridiron.

    If you disagree, if you see a problem with that… I’d suggest looking in the mirror for the real problem.

    #TeamSam

  20. mrneto72 says: Aug 8, 2014 9:19 PM

    Bunch of other players also made their NFL debut. ..don’t try to be politically correct

  21. derekgorgonstar says: Aug 8, 2014 9:28 PM

    Sigh…..

    This is never going to end.

  22. gofor2with3pointlead says: Aug 8, 2014 9:37 PM

    Whether it’s the moderator, which it has to be, or just the good sense to keep your trap shut when you have a disgusting ball of hate inside you for no good reason, it pleases me to see that there aren’t the hundreds of comments proving the ignorance of casual football fans. Or should I be patient?

  23. number1hawkfan says: Aug 8, 2014 9:39 PM

    It always amazes me how much haters care about what other people are doing. Whether its troll fans or dinosaurs that can’t get over gay people. About the gay thing, it’s ironic that people who think they will be judged at the end spend their whole life judging.

  24. toddm6d says: Aug 8, 2014 9:41 PM

    Jabari Price made his debut tonight too, yet I don’t see an article. Why you have to discriminate, bro?

  25. steelhammer92 says: Aug 8, 2014 9:48 PM

    He’s attracted to males… Please tell me again why this makes him special and courageous?

  26. punksinplay says: Aug 8, 2014 9:49 PM

    Looking forward to the day when we talk about Sam for what he’s doing on the field. Good luck young man….

  27. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 8, 2014 9:51 PM

    I do not cheer for or against any player due to their sexual orientation.

  28. earlcampbellrules says: Aug 8, 2014 9:52 PM

    Gimme a break. Play by play of a 7th round picks snaps in a preseason game. As stupid as it gets.

  29. oaklegend says: Aug 8, 2014 9:54 PM

    Seriously? We’re going to do a play by play update of a 7th round player?

    Let the kid earn the attention with his football skills.

  30. taintedsaints2009 says: Aug 8, 2014 10:01 PM

    I guess this is the new norm for reporting about this guy.

  31. axespray says: Aug 8, 2014 10:01 PM

    He looks decent as a rotational edge rusher.
    …as if the Rams needed more Edge Rushers.

  32. NINEREMPIREFAITHFUL says: Aug 8, 2014 10:03 PM

    Good for him! Hope he makes it. Can we move on now? He’s aregular person just likeyou and I. Stop making headlines for him because he’s gay. One of my best friends is gay and he’s more annoyed by this than anyone I know.

  33. prideof10000lakes says: Aug 8, 2014 10:07 PM

    Are they going to retire his jersey on opening night?

  34. stevent92 says: Aug 8, 2014 10:10 PM

    Sam = non-factor.

    Why are we talking about him?

  35. theparadoxx82 says: Aug 8, 2014 10:15 PM

    Do we need the per snap play by play.

    I hate the coverage more than anything

  36. romosrevenge says: Aug 8, 2014 10:16 PM

    Plenty of material there for an entire episode of the Michael Sam Reality Hour. But alas, we’ll just have to get by with the literal play by play description of Sam’s first pre-season. It just doesn’t seem fair.

  37. perspective2424 says: Aug 8, 2014 10:20 PM

    To the people who say “who cares?! No big deal!” To the people who click on the headlines about the redskins name change and say “nobody cares!!” — the fact that you click on the link, read the whole article, then take time to comment, then refresh the page 50 x’s to see how many ‘thumbs up’ you got– reinforces the fact that YOU care!

  38. huskywolverine says: Aug 8, 2014 10:20 PM

    He looked pretty dang good, regardless of his sexual orientation. Very active and quick off the snap. He was SEC defensive player of the year for a reason.

  39. bolt4life says: Aug 8, 2014 10:28 PM

    This is one of those arguments you won’t be able to win with the people who purely support him because he is gay.

    If you think he should be cut or are sick of hearing about him, his fans will claim it is obvious it’s because you are scared of gay people, right? Sure he has earned his chance and he is getting it. No one has a problem with that. What people will have a problem with is if this becomes purely political when it comes to bettering the Rams franchise by cutting him or keeping him.

    I have a feeling that even if Sam rightfully gets cut because he wasn’t producing in pre-season, the media will make articles that it is phobia even though it is not.

    It’s a useless argument with these people. When you support Sam and are losing an argument on why the Rams should not cut him, just call the other person a phobic and tell them to move to Uganda. Debating 101!

    This coming from someone who has two close friends who are gay.

    #TeamCutSamIfHeDoesntProduce

  40. jjrs89 says: Aug 8, 2014 10:29 PM

    isn’t he a 7th rounder? Necessary article!

  41. irishstout says: Aug 8, 2014 10:29 PM

    I’ll be clear at the outset, I’m strongly in favor of marriage equality and equal rights for LGBT people. And the drafting of the first openly gay player is news. HOWEVER. It is grossly unfair to everyone else trying to make a team to analyze every one of Sam’s plays on a front page. And it is grossly unfair to Sam to subject him to that level of media scrutiny as a low round pick. Let the man be a rookie.

  42. VenerableAxiom says: Aug 8, 2014 10:31 PM

    Yawn. So did several hundred other rookies.

  43. fubarry says: Aug 8, 2014 10:34 PM

    Unbelievable!!!

  44. paoconno says: Aug 8, 2014 10:41 PM

    Of the 200 other rookies in the NFL, none are also the first openly gay football player, hence the fanfare and recap of his first game. You may not like it, but anytime something happens for the first time, it is newsworthy.
    I’m sure we will hear less about him now that his debut is out of the way…unless he makes the team in three weeks.

  45. lookout1234 says: Aug 8, 2014 10:41 PM

    “So its come to this? We’re going to have a recap of every single play he’s on the field for?”

    That’s exactly the same thought I had. I think it’s funny too that it’s almost a shock that him entering the game wasn’t commented on by the announcers “as the earth shattering moment it was” /sarcasm/.

  46. panthrobro says: Aug 8, 2014 10:42 PM

    Did he rip off his uniform on the field and start yelling “I’m too sexy for this sport, too sexy for this sport, so very sexyyyyyy, I’m going disco dancing”

  47. luvusa1 says: Aug 8, 2014 10:45 PM

    The media has created this not Sam. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone being gay with the prevalent attitude towards gays. I know, I lived it being gay. Go Michael!

  48. onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says: Aug 8, 2014 10:52 PM

    Rams going to wear that horrible blue and blue uniform all year?

  49. cubano76 says: Aug 8, 2014 10:56 PM

    Can he play at the NFL? Yes or No, that’s all I want to know.

  50. bolt4life says: Aug 8, 2014 10:57 PM

    cccpsimian says: Aug 8, 2014 9:19 PM

    Bill Willis and Marion Motley were two of the the first African Americans to play in the NFL, breaking the color barrier a full year before Jackie Robinson did it on the diamond. Would you call that important?

    Michael Sam is the first openly gay player in NFL history. What he’s doing is breaking down barriers and changing the league and the country for the better. He, just like anyone else who puts in the work, and has the talent, has EARNED the right to be on that gridiron.

    If you disagree, if you see a problem with that… I’d suggest looking in the mirror for the real problem.

    #TeamSam

    —————————-

    What if he earned the right to be cut because of his play. Let me guess, it’s because of phobia and not his lack of skills?

    #TeamCutSamIfHeDoesntProduce

  51. thetruthcampaign says: Aug 8, 2014 10:58 PM

    I can see why he’s not a distraction. We need a verbatim rundown of his plays.

  52. milwaukeeguy says: Aug 8, 2014 11:06 PM

    I want to see Sam succeed as much as the next person but I don’t think a 7th round pick, even if an openly gay one, requires a top of the fold, play by play headline. Come on PFT, don’t be a part of the problem.

  53. jmc8888 says: Aug 8, 2014 11:08 PM

    …and if you read the comments above for #teamsam can you honestly say you think there won’t be a backlash when this UDFA type player gets cut?

    Look at how if you point out facts against their mania that they lash out at you.

    I’ve got one…#2014, it doesn’t matter if you’re gay in 2014. Hell it didn’t matter 20 years ago for most people.

    The people comparing Sam to Jackie Robinson need to put down the crack pipe and lay off the oxy. Michael Sam is NOTHING like Jackie Robinson.

    To even say so shows an extreme lack of understanding, not to mention historical knowledge. You’re pissing on Jackie Robinson while holding up Sam on a pedestal, and thinking you’re getting it right. You’re not.

    Wake me up when Michael Sam gets A SINGLE death threat, or like Jackie, 100 of them every time he stepped onto the field. Compare and contrast that difference and about a hundred more I didn’t mention.

    Good luck to Sam, but his future in football, if any, most likely resides in Canada or the Arena league.

  54. Patskrieg dot com says: Aug 8, 2014 11:12 PM

    So… a 7th round pick played some limited snaps and preseason football happened.

  55. slick50ks says: Aug 8, 2014 11:14 PM

    How many articles will be written when he’s cut and doesn’t get picked up because he’s not good enough to play in the league?

  56. kferguson2002 says: Aug 8, 2014 11:19 PM

    “Bill Willis and Marion Motley were two of the the first African Americans to play in the NFL, breaking the color barrier a full year before Jackie Robinson did it on the diamond. Would you call that important?

    Michael Sam is the first openly gay player in NFL history. What he’s doing is breaking down barriers and changing the league and the country for the better. He, just like anyone else who puts in the work, and has the talent, has EARNED the right to be on that gridiron.

    If you disagree, if you see a problem with that… I’d suggest looking in the mirror for the real problem.”

    #TeamSam

    Bill Willis, Marion Motley & Jackie Robinson were BORN black men. They didn’t have a choice of what color they wanted to be. Michael Sam is gay by choice. Do I have a problem with it, nope. But don’t compare Sam to players like them. They went through way more open and blatant discrimination than he does. Now I’m not saying he has a free pass but society in general jumps all over anybody who even acts like they disagree with his lifestyle.

  57. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Aug 8, 2014 11:19 PM

    The only people against Sam are the ones foolish enough to believe in fairy tales. I hope you never eat shellfish, wear two different types of fabric at the same time and don’t drink alcohol. Bozo the clowns.

    —–

    This makes absolutely no sense. Zero. None. Nada.

    And never compare Sam to Jackie Robinson. I’m all for people living life how they want. I am completely against having it covered non-stop and those who disagree are labeled as bigots. If the media would leave it alone most people wouldn’t care either way.

  58. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Aug 8, 2014 11:23 PM

    On NFL Network they had a commercial along these lines:

    “How’d the Saints do without Brees?”
    “How’d the Rams do with Michael Sam in his first game?”

    Keep in mind the Rams starting QB missed the game. Absolutely ridiculous. I’ve gone from hoping Sam makes it to hoping he doesn’t so I don’t have to listen to this crap all year.

  59. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Aug 8, 2014 11:24 PM

    And now… Lead off with Sam, Sam, and then Sam. Seriously…

  60. kissmytaintpatriotsrule says: Aug 8, 2014 11:26 PM

    OMGG

  61. codythao35 says: Aug 8, 2014 11:27 PM

    Women can’t play football with men.

  62. kimbo71006 says: Aug 8, 2014 11:31 PM

    Who said I was spewing a ball of hate? I simply said, he’s not special enough to be singled out.

    Equality for all, right? Doesn’t appear so…

  63. ausernamethatisavailable says: Aug 8, 2014 11:37 PM

    I watched the whole game. I remember one tackle an he was a non factor the whole game. This post by pft makes it sound like he caused the int. he played no part in the int. you will see on the highlight, it was just a good play by long and a bad pass by mckown. I could care less if sam does well for the rams. Good for him if he does. But Making it sound as if Sam caused the int is just false.

  64. kimbo71006 says: Aug 8, 2014 11:41 PM

    I’ll be clear at the outset, I’m strongly in favor of marriage equality and equal rights for LGBT people. And the drafting of the first openly gay player is news.

    —————————————————

    Maybe, maybe it WAS news (to some), when he was drafted, it isn’t now.

  65. xsm941f says: Aug 8, 2014 11:42 PM

    Its beyond me why anyone would care who someone else (who they probably don’t even know) is attracted is just beyond me. If they’re attracted to male, female, tall, skinny, fat, whatever…..why do you care? What possible difference does it make? I’m a married father of two. How does some dudes hooking up effect me. It doesn’t in any way. If he’s good he makes it. If he isn’t he doesn’t.

  66. fancyleague says: Aug 8, 2014 11:48 PM

    His performance was pretty darn good for a guy wearing a feather boa on the field.

  67. tae323 says: Aug 8, 2014 11:54 PM

    Being a fan of the Rams all I care about is can he make plays, and he was able to make a couples play tonight but I agree he doesn’t need a play by play breakdown. If he continues to make plays and contribute on special teams than I have no problem with him making the team but the media is overblowing it with the coverage on him.

  68. 34defense2014 says: Aug 8, 2014 11:56 PM

    He looked real good! Now I see why he won SEC Defensive Player of The Year! I guess he is just a Football player and not a Track&Field star? Because we all know had he preformed better at the combine. He would had been a first rounder! Now I have to read all these knuckle heads saying he was a 7th rounder!! I’m not sure? But I do not believe to many 7th rounders have won SEC Defensive Placer Of The Year? I could be wrong though? Sam looks like the real deal! Mike “The Real Deal” Sam!!

  69. jvm127 says: Aug 8, 2014 11:59 PM

    Wow a third string 7th round draft pick got playing time in a preseason game. That’s so awesome someome should write a whole article with a breakdown of every play of the series he played.

  70. campcouch says: Aug 9, 2014 12:01 AM

    1) We clicked on the headline.

    2) We commented.

    3) So we made it matter.

    4) Well done Mr. Florio.

  71. fromundamahjunk says: Aug 9, 2014 12:02 AM

    gotta point out, this story is from the m,iddle, by the end, he looked really good. Good for him!

  72. kemprules says: Aug 9, 2014 12:46 AM

    You know i always wondered how many ignorant people really watched football and by these post quite a bit who follow this site! E.j. gaines played well and lamarcus joyner was solid tackler as well aaron donald. Man aaron donald is quick!! Micheal sam and reid were very impressive as well. Our young talent is impressive and finally exciting to look into the future. For all you men who have a problem with micheal sams sexuality, you realize those who persecute actually might be interested in it. Just sayin hate on playa!

  73. snaxdsp says: Aug 9, 2014 1:00 AM

    So you idiots have made it a point to comment on here how much you don’t care? Makes sense…..smh

  74. pittsburghdamned says: Aug 9, 2014 1:15 AM

    Congrats on making it to this level, but meh- let’s be honest: we’ll find out eventually that some of your favorite all time greats were silently gay all along. Are you ready for that, football fans?

    And that’s exactly the day I look forward to.

  75. Ed Bandell says: Aug 9, 2014 1:29 AM

    I watched the footage and the first snap on defense did not lead to an interception. It was an incomplete pass.

    He made ONE tackle and even that was questionable. He met the running back at the line of scrimmage, failed to wrap him up, the back dragged him a yard or two while Sam fell down. Sam then grabbed the RB’s ankle, the back slipped free and then a swarm of Rams defenders tackled the back.

    He got a free run at the QB and fell for a lame fake move and froze and then bit on the fake hard. It was the pursuit by other players that ultimately led to another incomplete pass.

    The real news? The Rams lost and Sam officially did nothing other than 1 tackle.

  76. jbnola says: Aug 9, 2014 1:48 AM

    So we’re all just going to turn a blind eye and ignore Florio’s witty wording of Sam’s actions on the field? Its Comical GOLD and some of Florio’s best work.

    I’m impressed Florio. That’s good stuff.

  77. revelation123 says: Aug 9, 2014 2:09 AM

    While many NFL fans probably aren’t too interested in articles like this, that’s likely not who it was written for in large part. It’s likely written with those in the gay community in mind; those who would like to know exactly how well he’s doing. Some NFL fans may not like it, but it’s just good business sense writing an article like this.

  78. ewurm says: Aug 9, 2014 2:21 AM

    I care about equal rights far more than I care about any football game. The fact that people that used to be treated as kindling now are being accepted into every branch of society is newsworthy to me. I hope he makes the team on merit. If not, there will be the first and that will be newsworthy too.

    There once was a time where Christians didn’t have equal rights in society. I’m sure you don’t remember that because it was 1700 years ago. Treat others as you would wish to be treated. I’m sure that some preacher said that once or twice in history and all of you with your opprobrious comments would do well to remember that.

  79. lesterclan says: Aug 9, 2014 3:15 AM

    I miss Tebow…

  80. turbo2728 says: Aug 9, 2014 3:25 AM

    Why does this deserve it’s own story?

    I respect Sam enormously for his bravery- it can’t have been an easy decision, but you’ll find that the vast majority of society doesn’t care about a person’s sexuality.

    Surely writing story after story about a 7th round rookie, purely because he is gay, is treating him differently based on his sexuality.

  81. revskip says: Aug 9, 2014 3:37 AM

    So much rage in these comments.

    Haven’t watched the game yet so I will hold off on commenting on his play but there is no denying that by simply being on field he has helped others in the future break down a barrier. Wouldn’t want to be in his shoes with the incessant media hype and polarized comments from both sides of the fence but I hope the kid can continue what was a very decent career in college and translate his game to the NFL.

  82. olcap says: Aug 9, 2014 4:55 AM

    Is this the first ever in the history of sports, that a third stringer who ordinarily would not be expected to make the final cut, has his play by play performance printed in national media?

  83. olcap says: Aug 9, 2014 4:57 AM

    xsm941f says: Aug 8, 2014 11:42 PM

    Its beyond me why anyone would care who someone else (who they probably don’t even know) is attracted is just beyond me. If they’re attracted to male, female, tall, skinny, fat, whatever…..why do you care? What possible difference does it make? I’m a married father of two. How does some dudes hooking up effect me. It doesn’t in any way. If he’s good he makes it. If he isn’t he doesn’t.
    ——————

    What does this have to do with this story? Why do you care how other people feel about how they view relationships of any kind?

  84. olcap says: Aug 9, 2014 5:04 AM

    luvusa1 says: Aug 8, 2014 10:45 PM

    The media has created this not Sam. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone being gay with the prevalent attitude towards gays. I know, I lived it being gay. Go Michael!
    ——————–

    In my opinion, it would have been more genuine had he gotten drafted, made a team, and THEN announced he was this pioneer in the NFL.

    The way it was done, was done so because he and others wanted to hype the whole thing, forcing the issue and a team to take the step of drafting a player who probably wouldn’t have been otherwise.

    Social engineers always meet with resistance because they themselves have no measure of restraint or understanding of the feelings of others.

  85. bucsorbust says: Aug 9, 2014 5:16 AM

    Okay, here it is. Did he make a difference on the field or not?

    I get it. He’s gay. Who cares? But is the play by play needed? Was the interception because of pressure?

  86. staffordsyear says: Aug 9, 2014 5:49 AM

    He’ll fade away, just give it time.

  87. 805radr says: Aug 9, 2014 6:34 AM

    Is it just me or our we forgetting the NFL is about football and not someone’s sexual orientation? IMO, this guy only came out cause he knew he had no chance otherwise. If he’s cut, it not because he’s openly gay but because he really doesn’t posses the pure talent for this game.

  88. wny49er says: Aug 9, 2014 6:49 AM

    They shouldn’t mention this marginal player, till he does something worthy of Sports Center.

  89. promickey says: Aug 9, 2014 6:59 AM

    This is exactly the kind of coverage that allows him to be treated differently. Just let the guy play without any fanfare at all. Then see what happens to him as a NFL prospect……

  90. uglydingo says: Aug 9, 2014 7:14 AM

    It is known that there are 50+ other gay players playing in the NFL (some are apparently good players and have played for years). What differentiates Sam is that he is the first to come out of the closet and be open about this with the media about his sexuality.
    I yearn to see some of these other players come out, so the novelty of Sam in the media as a freak is diminished and he is just treated like another player.

  91. kerryc21realty says: Aug 9, 2014 7:47 AM

    Obama calls a football player that is gay and wont even help an American soldier locked up in a Mexican prison for making a wrong turn at the border. Liberalism, what a shame for this country

  92. dryheaveone says: Aug 9, 2014 7:49 AM

    “The fact that he made it onto the field in the first quarter of the first preseason game should be regarded a a good sign”

    I don’t care if you’re talking about Michael Sam or some totally unknown player, that statement is comical… how exactly is it a “good sign”?? It’s preseason, they shuffle players in and out all game long.

  93. santolonius says: Aug 9, 2014 7:51 AM

    When you get 80 chesty comments and counting saying “hurumph, this isn’t a story,” it’s obvious that it is a story.

  94. cmdrsmooth says: Aug 9, 2014 8:30 AM

    SAMs will be DROY and this will end the drama/non story.

  95. cybersqueak says: Aug 9, 2014 8:31 AM

    The hater brigade is dropping heavy bombs in this comment section.

  96. kcflake says: Aug 9, 2014 8:32 AM

    Future Posting: “Michael Sam gets cut by the Rams”

  97. TheWizard says: Aug 9, 2014 8:47 AM

    Which we would never have heard about if he weren’t part of a special group.

    Makes me wonder if “equality” is really what is being strived for here, or something else.

  98. jimcarnoven says: Aug 9, 2014 8:54 AM

    In 1969 man walked on the moon.

    In 1971 man walked on the moon again.

    In 2014 Michael Sam records first tackle by OPENLY gay player.

    In 2014 Michael Sam records first QB pressure by OPENLY gay player.

    Stay tuned.

  99. goawayeverybody says: Aug 9, 2014 9:32 AM

    All the “we-don’t-need-to-know-what-he-does-off-the-field-I-only-care-about-football” people have shown their true colors by downrating the comment “I hope he makes the team” over 400 times.

    Really?

  100. hammertownguy says: Aug 9, 2014 9:35 AM

    The reason why there is attention to this 1 player is because people want to allow irrelevant issues impact a persons ability to earn a living. If Michael Sam was not gay/openly gay he would have been a 1st round draft pick possibly a top 5 pick. His college career has many of the top awards a college player could earn. And he did just that EARN them. Look back at other players that have done what Michael did in college and the awards he won, good luck finding any that were not drafted and played in the NFL with many having very productive careers in the NFL. Who cares who he has a personal/intimate relationship with…. Hell no one wants the government in their bedrooms but seem quite comfortable to put themselves in Michael’s. Let the man play the game, the game he was a dominate force in, in one of the tougher divisions of the NCAA.

  101. cowboyfanva says: Aug 9, 2014 9:38 AM

    This ranks up there with the Steelers six rings….. NO ONE GIVES A DUMP!!!

  102. jbird056719 says: Aug 9, 2014 9:55 AM

    True equality would be equal treatment. The team has given him equal treatment but the media hasn’t

  103. Ed Bandell says: Aug 9, 2014 9:55 AM

    revskip says: Aug 9, 2014 3:37 AM

    “So much rage in these comments.”

    Where exactly do you see the rage? All people want to know is why a guy that was taken in the last round gets a blow by blow recap of his plays in a preseason game in which he makes 1 whole tackle. There were plenty of other rookies who had much better showings that didn’t get this kind of publicity.

    “…Wouldn’t want to be in his shoes with the incessant media hype and polarized comments from both sides of the fence….”

    He has himself to blame for all of this. If he hadn’t come out before the draft, nobody would even know who he is. He wanted to be known for just his ability to play football, but the only reason why there was an article written about a guy making one tackle is because he’s gay.

    I personally don’t care about his sexual orientation, but let’s just be honest about some things here.

  104. Ed Bandell says: Aug 9, 2014 9:57 AM

    bucsorbust says: Aug 9, 2014 5:16 AM

    “Okay, here it is. Did he make a difference on the field or not?

    I get it. He’s gay. Who cares? But is the play by play needed? Was the interception because of pressure?”

    It wasn’t even an interception, it was an incomplete pass.

  105. lunchbox92 says: Aug 9, 2014 10:42 AM

    Isn’t it the argument that he should be treated the same as everyone else?

    Okay – so probably somewhere between six and ten draft picks per team, 12 games played already this week – I look forward to the next 150+ play-by-play write-ups for all the other draft picks that played this week.

  106. rightwingredskin says: Aug 9, 2014 10:45 AM

    Nobody cares about this bum. He’s a 7th round pick. Who cares if he liked dudes…. get over it.

  107. bucsorbust says: Aug 9, 2014 10:49 AM

    I must have missed the other articles that re-tracing every play, every step of the rest of the 7th round picks that also likely won’t make a team. If Sam were straight, this article would not have been written.

  108. ragnarthegreat says: Aug 9, 2014 10:56 AM

    I wish we would do this same “consciousness raising’ for the low round draft picks who grew up without parents or who are the sole provider for their family or who have struggled against other difficult handicaps, not just for those who have a different sexual orientation. Wait……. there are no big groups who care about those folks. They are on their own.

  109. chitownfumble says: Aug 9, 2014 12:06 PM

    As a gay man and football fan, I think that everyone is missing the most important thing mentioned in Florio’s post: Michael Sam played against the Saints 1st & 2nd string offense (minus Brees who is out with a strained oblique) and was mediocre at best and pretty much a non-factor.

    Like most 7th round picks, it is VERY likely that Sam will not make the 53 man roster. Coach Fisher is a smart man and a good man; he understands that footage of Sam being a non-factor in pre-season against opponents 1st & 2nd strings is important from a PR standpoint to counter any scrutiny or accusations that may come when Sam is cut from the team. It’s also why posts like this are necessary– to provide facts and manage expectations.

    I’m happy Sam has earned this opportunity but he has a TON of work ahead of him if he has any shot at making the roster.

  110. zdravit says: Aug 9, 2014 5:44 PM

    Bounty time, y’all.

  111. coriw248 says: Aug 10, 2014 10:24 AM

    IM rooting for anyone pick low in the draft. Also rooting for DESIR because he was picked low simply because he was at a D2 college. Look at Richard sherman pick in the 6th round but in the discussion of the best corner today. Brandon Browner came from the CFL know he is known for being a big physical corner. Same thing with Russel. I’m rooting for San not because he is gay bit because he was picked low and (I)think he has some type of talent

  112. bengals777 says: Aug 10, 2014 9:21 PM

    Hey Cori your grammar also got drafted in the 7th round.

  113. lengai says: Aug 11, 2014 12:01 PM

    I didn’t expect much from him, but he made some great plays in that game. Anyone that watched saw his ability.

  114. Ed Bandell says: Aug 11, 2014 10:34 PM

    lengai says: Aug 11, 2014 12:01 PM

    “I didn’t expect much from him, but he made some great plays in that game. Anyone that watched saw his ability.”

    You didn’t expect much and that’s exactly what you got.

    Made some great plays? Are you sure you were watching Micheal Sam? Because he did absolutely nothing.

    Saw his ability? Yes, I saw his ability to get run over by a running back and his ability to get completely faked out of his pants TWICE on the same play when he wasn’t even blocked on his way to the QB.

    So maybe there is this mystery tape of what he did on the field that nobody else but you saw…because I didn’t see anything.

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