The Dallas Cowboys signed Michael Sam earlier today after inviting the former Missouri standout to their Texas facilities.
The Co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year, was picked up by the Cowboys and added to their practice squad after he was cut by the Saint Louis Rams and completely cleared the waiver wire after being a seventh round draft pick earlier this year.
Role Model and Team
Sam becomes the first openly gay player in the history of the National Football League, and is undoubtedly a role model to millions of people worldwide thanks to his bravery. Well a role model to everyone except people who work in the NFL, who consider the defensive end/outside linebacker a distraction.
But the Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones have come through - because well Dallas gets enough media as it is and Jerry has seen the dollar signs in shirt sales - and current Cowboys stars Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant, along with legendary wide receiver Michael Irvin, have all expressed their pleasure at the talented tackler joining America's Team.
Everyone has different politics, religion, views on things, and I think what you find in the locker room is no one cares,’’ Romo said according to the Dallas News. “It’s about can you help this football team win.
“We’re always bringing in people to help the football team. If he can help us, it’s a bonus and we’ll be lucky to have him. It’s just part of the whole process.’’
"He deserves the same respect as anybody else. That's what we're gonna give him." "Deserves respect. I don't judge a book by its cover. He's a football player and I don't look at him any different."
"It's not a big deal. He's here to help us win. We're gonna treat him like any other guy."
"I like Michael Sam, I love that he's with the Cowboys," Irvin told TMZ on Tuesday night.
"He knows how to get to the quarterback and we're happy to see that. When you're trying to get players, and the Cowboys need players, that can get to the quarterback, you sign Michael Sam." "And I'm happy with that."
It's not a lot, just a few sentences from each saying welcome to the team and they're happy to have him. But it means a lot and is a great step forward toward bringing the sport and the beliefs people in football have into the 21st century.