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Michael Sam most important NFL player, says USA Today

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Michael Sam at the St. Louis Rams press conference
Michael Sam at the St. Louis Rams press conference.

Michael Sam, according to USA Today colulmist and ABC commentator Christine Brennan, is the most important football player in the United States.

The leagues first openly gay player was selected in the recent NFL draft by the St Louis Rams, who have admitted they may cut him before the season.

But even though he was drafted in the literal dregs of the draft, which was predicted given his poor showings at the Scouting combine and the pro day compared to his publicity hype, Brennan believes it is still the most important signing.

Fans seem to agree too as Sam is beginning to become a positive role model figure for many of the LGBT community and especially those in sport, with his jersey being the second best selling behind media frenzied Johnny Manziel.

The interesting thing is that there is an anti-gay law currently in Missouri, which allows employers to discriminate against a sexual orientation in deciding on employing anyone.

With a law that seems closer to current Russian legislation than US governance, the deliberate employment of Sam, even with 'the kiss' photo opportunity well taken at the draft, makes a mockery of the law.

It is a clear message apparently that change is happening and people should accept that. Although that didn't stop a triad of social media complaints to ESPN about broadcasting the kiss, including Miami Dolphins Don Jones, who was fined for the comments.

Whether or not you disagree with Brennan's comments from a footballing standpoint, Michael Sam, as long as he lasts at least a season, will be an important figure in the changing face of sexuality in sports.

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