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Dallas Cowboys' Michael Sam will never have and NFL career

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He has been the most talked about defensive player this off-season, the NFL's first ever openly gay player has landed in Dallas as he continues to chase his NFL dream.

The headline says that he will never have an NFL career but that is because every NFL career we have ever seen will be different compared to his.

Since being drafted by the St Louis Rams in the seventh round of this years draft, Sam has been under the spotlight.

After failing to make the cut, he was signed to the Dallas Cowboys practice squad and is now looking to finally enter the NFL as a Cowboy.

But since he was drafted, all eyes have been on him and everybody has gone against their word.

Many people tried to claim that nothing would be different, he's going to be treated like just another player but that's clearly been shown to be a falsehood.

Name another player where when he signed, his team-mates where asked what will it be like to have a man like him on the team.

Big Cowboys names such as Quarterback Tony Romo and Wide Receiver Dez Bryant have both spoken out about welcoming Sam to the 'family'.

But perhaps even more than that, when was the last time that a seventh round pick, who was cut before the season then picked up to the practice squad of another team got so much attention?

Although we like to say that we live in a world where everyone in sport is equal no matter what their sexual preferences are, the current media focus on Sam shows just how false that is.

Following the news that Sam had joined the Cowboys, he like so many other athletes took to Twitter to express his delight and FOX sports covered the whole thing.

It's not just the media hyping up the situation however, the WWE extended an open invitation to Sam to come to this Monday's edition of RAW, a courtesy they don't just offer to anyone.

Whilst its obvious that no-one else in the league who follows the same career path as Sam has got this much attention, can he really be blamed?

He has said all along that he wants his football to do the talking and he has certainly been given ample opportunity to do so.

There were a few positives from how Sam has been treated in the league however.

I genuinely feel that there is no problem between players, fans and teams about his sexuality which is evidently a step in the right direction.

Also, once he was cut by the Rams, people didn't immediately reach for the homophobic reasoning which is also a step in the right direction.

Perhaps being cut and placed in a practice squad will be the best thing for Sam, now he can stay below the radar and work his way up the chain and hopefully get that NFL debut he craves.

It will be interesting to see how the level of media attention around Sam either increases or subsides as the season wares on but for now, he is at the height of popularity and whether that is a good or a bad thing, is a matter of opinion.

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