Michael Sam says talent isn’t what is keeping him out of NFL

By on December 3, 2014

A lack of talent isn’t keeping Michael Sam out of the NFL. But being gay might be.

The first openly gay football player drafted by an NFL team intimated that that was the case when

Sam disclosed that he was gay before his senior season at a team meeting. By coming out, Sam not only became the poster boy for gay athletes (he was recently named to GQ’s Men of the Year list), but he opened a national debate about whether the league was ready for an openly gay player in the locker room.

Despite his collegiate credentials as a star in the top conference in the country, most NFL experts blamed his size – and not the fact that he was gay – as the reason he wasn’t drafted until late in the seventh and final round by the Rams (249 out of the 256 players picked).

Sam obviously disagrees and he told TMZ Wednesday that he continues to believe he has a future in football.

“I’m a football player,” Sam said. “I play football.”

One former NFL player who has endorsed Sam’s ability is ex-Giants star Carl Banks.

“Having brunch in NYC and ran into @MichaelSamNFL what a wonderful person,” Banks wrote on Twitter in early November. “I told him not to give up. I am rooting for him. He was talent.”

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