Michael Sam Reacts to Being Drafted by the Rams. The feels man.
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Football
This isn't a random gay dude in America we're talking about, it's a random gay dude in American football, one of the least gay-tolerant places in the universe, so him being drafted and being gay is totally a big deal and his sexuality is totally relevant.
His sexuality shouldn't matter, and hopefully it won't in the future, but it does right now.
When there isn't such a huge anti-gay sentiment attached to football, then it won't be a big deal, and then you can complain about a gay football player being over-hyped.
Very touching, this is news I will never get to experience ;)
Because I will never get drafted to play professional anything :(
Oh I see. We fans can live vicariously through the athletes we support.
He is even more of a great American success story ;)
Some more interesting information about Michael:
Sam is the seventh of eight children born to JoAnn and Michael Sam, Sr. His parents separated when he was young. As a child, Sam watched one of his older brothers die from a gunshot wound. Another older brother has been missing since 1998, and his other two brothers are both imprisoned. A sister who was born before him died in infancy. At one point in his childhood, Sam lived in his mother's car. He was once accidentally maced by police who were arresting one of his brothers.
Sam argued with his mother over playing football, as she did not agree with those pursuits. Sam often stayed with friends while in high school; the parents of a classmate gave him a bedroom in their house and had him complete household chores. Sam is the first member of his family to attend college.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Sam
Wow. He's awesome. I really hope he has a successful career.
Nate Silver (who is a pure stats guy) said he had a 50/50 chance of not being drafted at all. Looks like he went about where he should have gone.
Grantland on Michael Sam: