Michael Sam's former roommate, Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, has said that he's 'proud' of Sam for announcing that he is gay, and he described the former Missouri man as a 'killer' on the field.
Richardson roomed with Sam whilst they were both at Missouri, and the powerful Jets man admits he knew of the SEC defensive player of the year's sexuality at that point.
For the NFL defensive rookie of the year, the most impressive thing about the Sam story is the fact that after he told team-mates in College last season he went onto have his best year of football.
"I am (proud)," Richardson told SportsNet New York on Tuesday night, per the New York Post. "He had his best season when he came out to the team. I'm actually happy for him and it worked out for him, it didn't go the opposite way.
"I know he was scared and he was nervous, and being himself and him getting that monkey off his back was well worth it, because he had his best season of football at Missouri.
"Yes, I knew," he said. "Regular guy. He has his own sexuality. It didn't take nothing from him -- he was a great teammate, great person, everything you wanted out of Michael Sam, you got out of him."
Richardson added that he believes NFL locker rooms that don't want Sam because of his sexuality are just crazy, and he urged fellow players to just get past it.
"If guys can't get past that, it's just crazy. It just might be weird at first for you if you're not used to it, but sexuality has nothing to do with him being on a football field. He's a completely different person, he puts his face on, no smiles, he's serious business. He's a killer."