2014 is coming to a close and everyone is reflecting on a great year in the NFL, but there is one name that has had a very strange year.
For this player, it has been a year that has risen and then fallen quite dramatically and surprisingly, it is not Johnny Manziel.
Former St Louis Rams draftee Michael Sam has had a 2014 to both remember and forget as he joined the NFL, then was dropped by two teams and has since remained in the headlines for one big reason.
Since he left the league, he has made the headlines several times as the former Rams star has claimed there to be homophobic attitudes coming from several different sources.
Now Sam has revealed another source of homophobic attitudes he has had to contend with in his life, from his own family.
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In a controversial interview that is set to air this weekend, Sam has claimed that his brothers were also on the long list of those who have abused him.
"They called me a lot of things. They called me a f**. They called me gay. They called me anything you could think of -- just to hurt me." - Michael Sam on the treatment from his brothers
Not just name calling, Sam also claims that his brothers tormenting included breaking some of the trophies he earned as a child.
Sam paints a very painful picture of growing up as a homosexual and also of being in the NFL as man with the sexual orientation.
His controversial interview is set to air this weekend and should be a tell-all account of Sam's NFL experience and life.
A year to remember and forget
Sam emerged on the NFL's radar as he became the first ever openly gay player to be drafted into the league when the Rams took him in the second round.
What followed was a constant media eye on the rookie and a proposed documentary with famed TV personality Oprah.
Sam's NFL career was short lived however as he was cut by the Rams before the season and then subsequently picked and dropped from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad.
Sam is no longer in the NFL but still harbours hopes of reigniting his dream career at some point in the future.
Many feel that the proposed interview with Oprah was the reason he was cut from the league but with it set to be aired this weekend, he is surely about to create some more headlines.
It is unclear if any team will take Sam next season and the interview with Oprah could hinder his chances even more, but only time will tell what the future holds for Sam.
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