Ram's Cut 1st Openly Gay Player Drafted, Cowboys Pick Him Up

BTL Staff

ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Rams have cut the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team. However, the Dallas Cowboys confirmed Sept. 3 that they will assign him to the team's practice squad.

Ram's coach, Jeff Fisher, repeatedly said that reasons were purely a football decision.

Michael Sam was the seventh-round pick. His progress was watched as closely as any other rookie in the league. The defensive end couldn't make a team stocked with pass rushers and Sam lost out to undrafted Ethan Westbrooks, who was more productive and versatile, AP reports.

"I look forward to putting my helmet and pads on everyday to help bring a sixth Super Bowl Championship to Dallas!" Sam wrote on his twitter Sept. 3.

Sam thanked the entire Cowboys organization, the Jones family and the city of Dallas for giving him the opportunity.

"He's not about drawing attention to himself," Fisher said. "He kept his head down and worked and you can't ask anything more out of any player for that matter."

Fisher calls Sam's draft pick a "second historic moment" for the franchise after the 1946 signing of Kenny Washington into the league as the first black player in the modern era.

  • Latest News

Enter To Win

Enter contests to win great prizes like CDs, DVDs, concert tickets and more

Special Section: World AIDS Day
Study Finds Significant Racial Disparities For HIV Infection Among Black And White MSM

A study published in the journal The Lancet HIV reports that there is a significant disparity in HIV prevalence between black and white men who have sex with men. The study was published on Nov. 18 and found a startling 32 percent prevalence rate for black men who have sex with men, compared with only eight percent for white men who have sex with men.

View More World AIDS Day
This Week's Issue

Download or view this week's print issue today!