Montreal Alouettes sign Michael Sam

AP

Michael Sam is bound for the Canadian Football League.

Sam, the former Rams and Cowboys defensive end, has signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes, the club announced Friday.

“With the signing of Michael Sam, we have become a better organization today,” Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp said in a team issued-statement Friday. “Not only have we added an outstanding football player, we have added even a better person that brings dignity, character, and heart to our team.”

Joining Montreal gives the 25-year-old Sam a chance to jump-start his career in a professional league that occasionally serves as a launching pad back to the United States, with Miami’s Cameron Wake and Cleveland’s Andrew Hawkins among the CFL alumni currently in the NFL. Sam’s pass rush ability — he notched three sacks in four preseason games in 2014 — should serve him well in a fast-paced league.

Sam, who became internationally known after announcing he was gay in February 2014, has not been with an NFL club since being released from the Cowboys’ practice squad in October.

112 responses to “Montreal Alouettes sign Michael Sam

  1. The right move for him. I honestly don’t think it’s the fact he’s gay that has kept him out of the NFL. It may keep him off a PS. But if teams thought he had the talent, he would be playing.

    So go to the CFL and show them something. Prove they are wrong about the abilities and get that NFL spot.

  2. I hope he does well there and gets another chance at the NFL someday. Hopefully, he can at least show if he is NFL-material on the field. Who cares what his personal life choices are as long as he is not hurting anyone.

  3. If he wants to play in the NFL then this is a good decision….. CFL known for being a fast offensive league but in terms of NFL success, it’s the CFL defensive players who are crossing over well. Browner, Wake, Freeman and I know I’m missing a couple other names.

  4. Good. Can you please stop talking about this guy now? He stunk in the NFL and now he’s in the CFL. Let’s talk about guys who actually PLAY in the NFL.

  5. Good for him. I hope he can hone his skills and prove he can play in the NFL. Or, find a niche and spend his career in the CFL. Either way, I hope the best for him.

  6. Wishing the young man a great career and congratulations on being able to continue his dream.

  7. “Sam’s pass rush ability”

    You mean ability against 3rd stringers when the QB holds onto the ball for 5 seconds?

  8. jaycutlersuperstar says:
    May 22, 2015 10:54 AM
    Oh, but isn’t this going to be a “distraction” for the Alouettes?

    Bunch of BS. At least there is a sensible league that judges Sam on his ability.
    ———————
    Stop with your liberal bs. The dude stunk, and used being gay so he could make it on an NFL team even though he wasn’t that good. He’s not good, and he’s gone. Get over it.

  9. @niners – the blog is named Pro Football Talk. The CFL is a PRO league. Been around since the late ’50’s and some of the teams have been around since the ’20’s. The more you know…

  10. I’m surprised it took this long. This is the smart move for Sam. He played well preseason for the Rams, but the Rams D-line was not exactly an easy place to win a job and Westbrook played better.

    Sam’s college pedigree sure made it seem like he should be able to play NFL caliber football, even if just as a rotational player. Obviously – for whatever reason – those around the NFL didn’t think so. Going to the CFL will give him the opportunity to prove that he is NFL quality. If he dominates the CFL, teams will take notice.

  11. Smart move by Sam because he’s too slow and too small to play in the NFL meaning that he’s too small to play DE and too slow to play outside linebacker.

  12. This is what he had to do to keep his professional football dream alive. Hopefully he can thrive and get another shot at the NFL.

    On the plus side Montreal is a beautiful city.

  13. Good. If he tears it up over there someone will pick him up here. Unfortunately for him he lost any hope at making the NFL at the combine, now he has to prove his 40 time is irrelevant on the field.

  14. Ahhhh, Montreal…Poutine, toasties and smoked meat, washed down with a Molson XXX.

    Lovely city in the Summer.

  15. The guy was a great college player in the best conference in the NCAA. He will be a quality player in Canada. Give him some credit for realizing that. Tebow didn’t.

  16. It’s kind of sad how they announce his signing.

    “we have added even a better person that brings dignity, character, and heart to our team.”

    Is that because he’s a great person or because he’s gay. I don’t personally know sam but how often is a player introduced like this? Espically a nobody who’s never had any professional success. Good luck to him realizing his dream, I just wish people would stop worshiping over a person because of life choices

  17. macfunden says:
    May 22, 2015 11:03 AM
    @niners – the blog is named Pro Football Talk. The CFL is a PRO league. Been around since the late ’50’s and some of the teams have been around since the ’20’s. The more you know…
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    This is America, Jack. I’m only interested in the NFL. The more you know…

  18. guess the top defensive player in the SEC can’t cut it in the NFL, yes best defensive player in the so called best conference in college football couldnt make an NFL roster, gimme a break

  19. Sam dominated the SEC, a conference better than 3-4 NFL divisions, dominated the NFL pre-season, will dominate the CFL and return to the NFL as the second coming of Deacon Jones.

  20. I sense a reality show coming. About an undersized and slow defensive end who just doesn’t have the skills to play at a higher level.

  21. Ninersfan81

    I guess your also shocked troy smith, Tim Tebow and all the other heisman winners can’t make it in the nfl as well right? You know, since they are considered the best players in the NATION not just a SINGLE CONFERENCE

  22. Why is this a political issue?
    Michael Sam was a great college player, in a great conference. In the NFL he is undersized to play on the line against 300 + lb tackles and not fast enough to play linebacker where he would have to try to cover RBs. & TEs in the passing game. He had some success in pre-season against other players who are no longer in the league. Wish him the best and move on. If he plays well enough in the CFL,
    he will get another chance.

  23. The number of negative comments surprise me until I realize that they are probably from people who played football without their helmets on.

  24. @giantsfanlewis

    All the aforementioned were given legitimate shots to make it and all were on opening day rosters….3 sacks in the preseason to me would warrant at least a scout team spot for the balance of a season or spot duty pass rushing assignments against the 1’s to see what I really had there…the guy obviously has some motor and heart, neither of which are measurable…your next point?

  25. @giantsfanlewis

    and I am shocked Troy didn’t get another look if you remember he had a semi grip on that job until an untimely illness sidelined him and he dropped like 30lbs, so yes I am shocked he didnt get another look after showing promise in that Ravens scheme

  26. I would love to see a statistic of how many other players who had three sacks in four preseason games wound up getting cut. I don’t care if he was playing against second and third stringers, that’s impressive

  27. If he is as good as he thinks he is, he can play like Cam Wake and make it back to the NFL. Most likely he will get cut and play the gay card.

  28. Ninersfan81

    Troy smith was still a 6th round pick who barely made the nfl and had one short stint later in his career at a shot at playing. I could also bring up guys like Chris weinkie who played in just 29 games after winning the heisman. Or Eric crouch. My point is just because yoy have college success doesn’t mean it will translate into pro success. These players were considered the best players in all of college football and even they slipped, so why is it so hard to understand how the best player in a single conference may slip. Espically if they have a terrible scouting combine

  29. only people bringing up the fact he is gay is the people saying “he played the gay card” yeah, like that really helped him …. IMO watching his preseason games with the Rams he was good enough to be a roto player in 4-3. He is not and IMO its because he is gay and open about it… So how did that help him ??? Your just a bigot if you say that.. If he goes up to Canada and plays well i think the NFL is going to look pretty bad..

  30. lukedunphysscienceproject

    You may be suprised if you look at the guys who play in the third or forth quarter of pre season games who get a ton of sacks against other marginal players who never make a twam. The only reason you know that it’s happened to Michael sam is because… he’s gay. If not he’d be an afterthought

  31. Michael Sam = hero to the left

    Tim Tebow = saint to the right

    Those few of us in the rational middle see things as they are – neither one of them are legitimate NFL-caliber players.

  32. lukedunphysscienceproject
    Have you ever heard of Adewale ojomo? In his first pre season he had 4 sacks and second had another 2.5 yet he’s no longer in the nfl and sites like pft don’t do articles begging why with sexual preference a reason. This is common of straight marginal players. He player for the Giants in 2012 and 2013 before getting cut because he wasn’t good enough and sacking 3rd string qbs didn’t cut it in the regular season. I could find players like this for every team I’m sure

  33. I grew tired of the constant, incessant media coverage of Sam. He was used by people in the media to advance their own agendas and to make themselves look like progressive stars.

    It wasn’t Sam’s fault, though. I do think he made a huge error with the Opera documentary fiasco, but people deserve a second chance. Good for him swallowing his pride and going north. A lot of other people wanting to get into or back into the NFL should follow the same path. Let his performance on the field speak for his potential.

  34. giantsfanlewis says:
    May 22, 2015 12:35 PM
    lukedunphysscienceproject
    Have you ever heard of Adewale ojomo? In his first pre season he had 4 sacks and second had another 2.5 yet he’s no longer in the nfl and sites like pft don’t do articles begging why with sexual preference a reason. This is common of straight marginal players. He player for the Giants in 2012 and 2013 before getting cut because he wasn’t good enough and sacking 3rd string qbs didn’t cut it in the regular season. I could find players like this for every team I’m sure
    =============

    So based upon getting 4 sacks in his first pre-season, he was on the Giants roster for 2 years?

    How would that compare to Sam’s situation, exactly? Am I missing the part where Sam spent two full seasons on an NFL roster despite zero productivity like Ojomo did? Because the way I remember it, Sam didn’t get a single day on an NFL roster after performing so similarly.

  35. giantsfanlewis says:
    May 22, 2015 12:21 PM
    lukedunphysscienceproject

    You may be suprised if you look at the guys who play in the third or forth quarter of pre season games who get a ton of sacks against other marginal players who never make a twam. The only reason you know that it’s happened to Michael sam is because… he’s gay. If not he’d be an afterthought
    ==========

    Why don’t you try and surprise me with some facts? I mean other that the Ojomo example you used which is almost completely different.

    Shouldn’t be too hard to find if it’s as prevalent as you say.

  36. lukedunphysscienceproject

    He had more sacks in his first pre season. He played in one regular season blow out, and he was cut the next season. My point is just because you can sack a third stringer doesn’t mean crap. Everyone keeps bringing up that sam had 3 sacks so he should be able to make a team and yoy asked of any other players who have who couldn’t make a team. I looked at my personal team and instantly found a player who had a better pre season and was still cut and hasn’t been called by a second team. Just making the point that it can happen to anyone. And nobody hears his name because he’s not gay

  37. I can understand people disliking a comment based on someone’s perception of his NFL ability (or maybe inability for some people), but how does a person dislike someone saying, “Good for him, he get’s to make a living playing a game he loves.”? This is really where we are at as a society?

  38. I find it hilarious that right-wing nutjobs complain that Sam stinks, isn’t good enough to play in the NFL, and that only ‘PC libs’ are creating a fuss about letting him play in the league. Then those some people turn around and demand that Tim Tebow deserves to be given a chance to play, and that it’s only prejudice that keeps him out of the League – even though he actually HAS had a chance, and HAS proven that he stinks, and there has been no ‘conspiracy’.

  39. lukedunphysscienceproject

    Tristan okpalaugo 2013 do pins rookie had 8 tackles and 3 sacks in 4 pre season games. Forgotten and never a single article about him. MO longer in the nfl and nobody cares. Next

  40. The CFL should suit him well. The biggest mark against him has always been size, and the CFL with the larger field and a quicker game usually trends toward smaller D than the NFL.

    There are also a few very sad people in this thread.

  41. cshearing says:
    May 22, 2015 1:01 PM
    The CFL should suit him well. The biggest mark against him has always been size…

    —–

    Sorry to spoil your narrative but he ran 5.07 and 5.10 at the veteran combine. There are a lot of guys his size that are successful, it’s his speed and lack of work ethic that cost him a job in the NFL. For comparison, he ran a 4.91 a year earlier at the rookie combine. So while waiting for his dream job, he got slower. That happens if you aren’t training properly.

  42. The ignorance of Americans (the country in the West with the highest percentage of people that do NOT have a passport) is on full display in these comments.

    Montreal is a french/english City, one of the oldest in North America, and incredibly beautiful and vibrant with the finest looking women you will see walking around everywhere outside of a top Vegas nightclub. Believe me, the quality of his life from the food to the culture will be better in Montreal than some NFL pit stains like Cleveland or Baltimore or some backward holes like Indy (ugliest women on average in any major city in the US outside of Green Bay) or Kansas City.

    Good luck Michael.

  43. ariani1985 says:
    May 22, 2015 10:47 AM
    BIG time packer STOCK HOLDER chiming in!
    Could have made the horrible packers defense!

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    This is exactly the kind of senseless crap that people keep talking about regarding you Viking trolls. This article has absolutely nothing to do with the Packers or Vikings in any way and yet here we have the very first comment some low class worthless Viking troll talking smack.

  44. fordmandalay says:
    May 22, 2015 12:57 PM

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    The real problem for both of them is the unnecessary media attention they bring by just being who they are. NFL teams don’t care how gay Sam is, or how religious Tebow, if they were good enough to make an impact in the NFL they wouldn’t have a problem staying on a team. But, both of them being fringe roster players the extra media attention usually pushes teams to sign someone else who doesn’t bring all the drama. I’m not saying it is fair, or that they ask for the media attention, it just is the way it is.

  45. @niners – the blog is named Pro Football Talk. The CFL is a PRO league. Been around since the late ’50’s and some of the teams have been around since the ’20’s. The more you know…

    Thank you @niners!

    And on November 29, 2015 the CFL will be holding the 103…(yes you read that right)…ONE HUNDRED AND THIRD Grey Cup.

    The more you know indeed….

  46. Alouette: French for Lark .

    A Lark is a bird that sings extravagant fight songs.

    A Lark is also something gay or happy, done just for fun.

    I guess we are left to choose our definition and how it may apply here.

  47. The CFL routinely signs NFL discards.

    There is no evidence he can play at the level that is needed in the NFL – there are over 20 teams who he could have played for if he had been better than the players they had.

  48. “Montreal is a french/english City, one of the oldest in North America, and incredibly beautiful and vibrant with the finest looking women you will see walking around everywhere outside of a top Vegas nightclub. Believe me, the quality of his life from the food to the culture will be better in Montreal than some NFL pit stains like Cleveland or Baltimore or some backward holes like Indy (ugliest women on average in any major city in the US outside of Green Bay) or Kansas City.”
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    Just a guess here, but I don’t think Sam cares if the women are good looking in Montreal

  49. “Sam’s pass rush ability — he notched three sacks in four preseason games in 2014 — should serve him well in a fast-paced league”

    Again, people who cite statistics yet don’t know what the statistics mean.

    If you actually WATCH the plays he got sacks on, they were basically gifts.

    He had enough of a motor and desire to capitalize on those gifts, but he did not get them with pass rushing ability.

    He’s not strong. He’s not fast. He’s not agile. In fact, he was either the worst, 2nd worst, or near that in pretty much every combine drill.

    A performance like that for almost everyone else means they aren’t drafted, and even unlikely to get a UDFA offer. He did get drafted. He did play in the preseason, and everything bad about him was showcased for all to see it, if they LOOKED and didn’t have the blinders on.

    Then he was on another team’s practice squad, and ultimately didn’t make it.

    A few months ago he was measured again, and got WORSE. Which meant this guy was slower and less agile then he was at his drafting class combine.

    Instead of seeing it for what it is, many people, including Sam himself, blamed other people for his own problems. That doesn’t help Sam, if anything, it hurts his prospects to succeed.

    Now he has another chance in the CFL. Because it always sucks when someone loses their dream, I will say good luck to Michael Sam. He’s got a lot of work to do. Hopefully he can hone his craft in the CFL and make something of himself by working on the deficiencies of himself, rather then listening to the circus telling Sam that it’s not him, it’s the haterade.

  50. @giantsfanlewis

    You’re holding up examples of players who had similar pre-seasons to Sam, yet didn’t get the press coverage. And that’s true – that’s valid.

    Sam, though, was potentially the first openly gay player in the NFL – of course that story was covered, it’s a big story. Jackie Robinson also generated a lot of press. It would be the same if a woman had a real, bona fide shot at making an NFL team. That story would get a lot of press.

    The point the other guy is trying to make to you is that: you’re holding up examples of players who had similar pre-seasons to Sam, but you’re not putting together that those guys got NFL jobs.
    You’re kind of making his point for him.

    I don’t necessarily agree that Sam was black-balled from the NFL because he’s gay – he was drafted, and he was signed to the Cowboy’s practice squad. I’m just saying that trying to point out other players that had similar pre-seasons (and then got jobs), isn’t a good argument to make if you’re trying to say that Sam didn’t get a job because his pre-season performance wasn’t impressive enough -as you wrote, it was similar to other players who did get jobs.

    Ojomo was given a contract by five different NFL teams – he got five chances based on the potential he showed in his rookie pre-season. He was never able to develop, but plenty of teams gave him the chance.

    So, I don’t think he was black-balled or something, but he’s a marginal player. If you’re going to be the first black something, the first woman something, or the first gay something, you can’t be marginal – you have to be Jackie Robinson – you have to be a star. Even if Sam had made an NFL roster, anti-gay fans would say that he’s a publicity stunt or a symbol of the NFL kowtowing to the PC crowd (as if they’re avid football fans). But if, for example, JJ Watt came out, his orientation wouldn’t even be an issue whatsoever. There would be a few haters, sure, but there would be no real controversy.

  51. I’ve got nothing against the guy, and good for him if he makes the team, but there is a press conference scheduled for Tuesday. Can he not just come come here and play without the spectacle? A couple hundred US players make the trek north every year and toil away without any fanfare, and a press conference is unheard of. Why is he any different/special?

  52. Zen609 yoy missed my point entirely. My point was both of these guys had similar stats as sam and they both are out of the leauge. Okpalaugo never made an nfl roster and the giant made a roster after 4 sacks in a pre season but was cut the next season when he only produced 2.5. Neither of those men are in the nfl. So why do u keep saying they are. I looked up players (looked at 2 2013 preseason games) who are no longer in the nfl. So what are you talking about

  53. But you are right that the first should be a star. Which sam isnt. He’s in the same boat as a bunch of marginal players who get cut and recycled(if lucky) all the time. And the only reason anyone still cares about a marginal player is simply because he’s gay and not because of his talent. Which is an atrocity. Because the whole point is supposed to be us as humans not caring about someone’s skin color or sexual preference(Espically in sports) but their character and their talent (Espically in sports)

  54. The funny(and ironic) thing is Tristan okpalaugo plays for the arganots up in canada. And he didn’t have a press conference, the owner coming out talking about how great he is as a player and person or articles talking about his signing. He went and played football. I don’t hate sam or care if he gets an nfl job. What I hate are people who care so much about him on the sole purpose of him being gay. I’d support any member of the Giants roster who came out tomorrow as gay, just as most fans of any team for a super star on their teams. Most fans don’t care who has sex with who for what reason as long as they can play. It shouldn’t even be in the conversation when he’s paid to play football, not talk about his boyfriend

  55. Vontaze Burfict combine results: 6’1″, 248 lbs; 5.09 40, 16 reps, 30.0 vertical, 104.0 broad jump

    Michael Sam combine results: 6’2″, 261 lbs. : 4.91 40, 17 reps with 225, 25.5 vertical, 114.0 broad jump

    Guess which player got slammed for lack of athleticism? The gay one, not the cheap-shot artist macho T-word who quit on his team at ASU…

  56. I always maintained that Michael Sam got unlucky getting drafted by the Rams because they were so deep on the D line. His chances would have increased if he had been drafted by some team like the Vikings who don’t have a very good D line and in a city like Minneaopolis where being light in the loafers is not that unusual.

  57. I’ll be waiting for stories on EVERY OTHER NFL failure who went to the CFL now…it’s only fair, right? We keep hearing gays don’t want “special” rights….so please, listen to them…treat everyone equal, and if you’re going to publish such stories about this man, then every other CFL recruit is owed the same notoriety.

  58. @giantsfanlewis

    Zen609 yoy missed my point entirely. My point was both of these guys had similar stats as same and they both are out of the leauge

    No, I get your point. What you’re not getting is that Ojomo was given a contract by five different NFL teams. He’s in Canada now, but he was given 5 chances by 5 NFL clubs, mostly based on the potential he showed during his rookie pre-season.

    Ojomo didn’t develop, he was a career practice squad player, because he never improved. He also had legal issues. He was cut once for soliciting a prostitute. But he got 5 chances to make an NFL roster based on the potential he showed in his rookie pre-season. Carl Banks thought he was going to be a star based on his performance in his rookie pre-season.

    My point to you is that Ojomo’s pre-season was nothing to sneeze at, and it got him a roster spot. The other guy’s point to you is Sam’s pre-season performance was similar, and he got cut.

    I’m not convinced that Sam was cut because he’s gay. And that he didn’t get a contract offer this year was due to a weak veteran combine, but some of these arguments I’m reading aren’t very good: “He’s not fast enough for a LB or big enough for a DE” – He not fast enough for a LB. He’s not even really fast for an edge-DE. But he’s big enough for an edge – he’s 261. Clowney is 266, Ware is 247, Cam Wake is 236. Or the argument that he sucked in pre-season. No, he didn’t. He had a good pre-season. He wasn’t cut because of poor performance in pre-season games. There are a lot of reasons, or combinations of reasons to cut or keep a player, but whatever reasons the Rams chose not to keep Sam, it wasn’t because he performed poorly in pre-season games.

  59. Smart choice for Sam. I’ve often wondered why more players don’t go this route. Tebow should have given it a try. Maybe he did, but we certainly didn’t here about him being rejected there.

    If football is truly one’s passion, then they’ll take it in the NFL, CFL or wherever they can get it.

  60. Zen609

    I also named okpalaugo who had similar stats and was cut and never made another roster. His stats were closer to Sam’s with 3 sacks and 7 tackles. He never made another nfl team after his first pre season. Sam was also Givin another chance by the Cowboys on their practice squad and it never turned to anything. Now all threw marginal at best players are in Canada. Yet the only one we hear about is sam…because he’s gay. Which is what I think is wrong. If he were a star I still wouldn’t care that he’s gay, and I wouldn’t care to hear about it still. He would just be another player

  61. restorativejusticeprogram says:
    May 22, 2015 1:16 PM
    The ignorance of Americans (the country in the West with the highest percentage of people that do NOT have a passport) is on full display in these comments.

    Montreal is a french/english City, one of the oldest in North America, and incredibly beautiful and vibrant with the finest looking women you will see walking around everywhere outside of a top Vegas nightclub. Believe me, the quality of his life from the food to the culture will be better in Montreal than some NFL pit stains like Cleveland or Baltimore or some backward holes like Indy (ugliest women on average in any major city in the US outside of Green Bay) or Kansas City.

    Good luck Michael.

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    I don’t think Michael Sam cares what the women of Montreal look like.

  62. Vontaze Burfict combine results: 6’1″, 248 lbs; 5.09 40, 16 reps, 30.0 vertical, 104.0 broad jump

    Michael Sam combine results: 6’2″, 261 lbs. : 4.91 40, 17 reps with 225, 25.5 vertical, 114.0 broad jump

    Guess which player got slammed for lack of athleticism? The gay one, not the cheap-shot artist macho T-word who quit on his team at ASU…

    ======================================

    And in what round did Burfict get drafted?

  63. Breaking news: I still don’t care. I judge players I want on my team based on two things, 1. are they good enough to play? And 2. Can they stay on the field? (IE avoid IR and suspensions). Period. This guy, like thousands of others, isn’t good enough to be in the NFL, no matter whom he prefers to sleep with.

  64. @giantsfanlewis

    Yet the only one we hear about is sam…because he’s gay.

    Yes, of course that story is going to get press coverage. They were covering someone attempting to be the first openly gay player in the NFL, like the press covered Jackie Robinson as the first black player in MLB. The story has social and historical significance.

    Sam failed to make an NFL roster, but some other openly gay player in the future will get the same kind of coverage, or a rostered player will come out, and that will be a story. After that, though, being a gay player won’t be a story, like being a black player in a major sport isn’t a story anymore.

  65. ariani1985 says:
    May 22, 2015 10:47 AM
    BIG time packer STOCK HOLDER chiming in!
    Could have made the horrible packers defense!

    The idea of an out-of-the-closet gay guy playing for a team called the Packers is comedy gold.

  66. ezwriter69 says:
    May 22, 2015 2:38 PM

    Vontaze Burfict combine results: 6’1″, 248 lbs; 5.09 40, 16 reps, 30.0 vertical, 104.0 broad jump

    Michael Sam combine results: 6’2″, 261 lbs. : 4.91 40, 17 reps with 225, 25.5 vertical, 114.0 broad jump

    Guess which player got slammed for lack of athleticism? The gay one, not the cheap-shot artist macho T-word who quit on his team at ASU…
    —-
    Burfict also DIDNT GET DRAFTED — even though he was thought to be a first round pick on talent alone. The character issues did him in. He sucked it up, did the work, tried out as a free agent and had success. Sam didn’t succeed as a draftee OR a free agent, and judging by his poorer 4o time over the last year, he didn’t seem to do much work last year after he was let go either.

    He might succeed in Montreal. They are a historically strong team in a bit of a down cycle, so the opportunity is there. But NFL busts who succeed in the CFL are usually smaller guys who are fast and agile. Sam is small for a NFL lineman, as everyone reading this will know, but he’s not fast or agile by CFL standards, so unless he really dedicates himself to getting in shape, he likely wont make it.

  67. @channelguy

    Sam is small for a NFL lineman, as everyone reading this will know, but he’s not fast or agile by CFL standards,

    He’s not small for an edge. And as crappy as his 40 times were at the veteran combine, they’re still better than Burfict’s rookie combine 40 times., and he’s a LB, a Pro Bowl LB.

    I can’t say I know why the Rams cut him – most likely their depth at DE, but the reasons aren’t that he’s two small for DE, or too slow, or not athletic enough, or didn’t perform well in his rookie pre-season.

    There are many reasons or combinations of reasons for why a team cuts or keeps a player, but Sam being too slow, too light, not athletic enough, or performing poorly in pre-season are not the reasons.

  68. In other relevant news- my son took his Brian Dawkins fathead with him to his new apartment. He presently is playing for community college intramural team.

  69. ariani1985 says:
    May 22, 2015 10:47 AM
    BIG time packer STOCK HOLDER chiming in!
    Could have made the horrible packers defense!

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    This is exactly the kind of senseless crap that people keep talking about regarding you Viking trolls. This article has absolutely nothing to do with the Packers or Vikings in any way and yet here we have the very first comment some low class worthless Viking troll talking smack.

    +++++++++++++++

    And a Packer fan posting this is OK I guess?

    burrito12 says:
    May 22, 2015 11:36 AM

    Easily could have started at QB for the Vikings.

    ++++++++++++++++++++

    Pot Meet kettle. And PFT. Don’t delete this.

  70. I suspect the same people who dislike Michael Sam, or dismiss him as a “non-story” are the same folks who think what Josh Duggar did is “no big deal.”

  71. That’s awesome!
    Did any other gay men or women get jobs today?

    The sooner this kind of thing is no longer treated as a big deal – the sooner it will become more common and acceptance and equality will be achieved…

    …unless certain agitators out there don’t want acceptance and equality to be achieved – so they still have something to whine about…

    Good luck Michael Sam! I’m a Mizzou fan and hope you do well in the CFL!

  72. Will MS start? Or, are there already established players on the Alouettes that MS will not move ahead of?
    Does he get paid if he is cut before his Alouettes contract is done?

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