Nick Saban would support an openly gay Alabama player

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Michael Sam is the talk of the NFL right now as he looks to become the first openly gay player to start in the NFL after he was drafted in the seventh round Saturday, but how would other coaches take to Sam's sexuality?

During his college days at Missouri, it was well known amongst team-mates and students that Sam was gay, and it was accepted.

It's hoped that a similar thing happens in the NFL at the St Louis Rams where the defensive end has been drafted.

But what about other big colleges football programs? What do they make of the situation? Alabama head coach Nick Saban certainly has his thoughts on Sam.

He insists that privacy and respect would be the key if he was in charge of an organization that had an openly gay player.

“I would expect everybody to be very respectful of what is private for most people and treat that person with dignity and respect and respect them for being a good teammate and being a part of our team and doing the things that require them to be a good person on our team,” Saban said.

Whether or not Saban would actually get any support from his team would be open for debate, but he says he would definitely urge his players to look past sexuality and see a football player.

"I can’t speak for everybody, but that’s what would be my expectation for the people that we control in our organization and on our team.”

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