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  • Will Michael Sam be the 1st Openly Gay NFL player?

    news on ESPN indicates that Michael Sam,
    -American defensive lineman from Missouri Tigers and the Associated Press' SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and elligible to enter the draft his May has already admitted to being gay publicly. If he's drafted by a team, he will be the first in NFL history.

    It's interesting and newsworthy. He's projected to a midlevel pick if i read this article correctly. I wonder though in light of all the other bullying in the NFL, how it will work out? At any rate I thought it was newsworthy of its own thread. It didnt come up with anything when I did a search so if this is a duplicate please do merge mods.

    http://m.espn.go.com/general/story?s...0&i=FB&w=1dq47

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    I wouldn't want to see that side-show come to Denver

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    • #3
      Plus I think if he's gay that's supposed to mean he's a pansy. So he would not be a good football player.

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      • #4
        I wonder how good a player he is? has anyone here ever seen him play? I don't really watch college football so I don't know. If he's good it won't matter, though yes I expect the circus will come to town wherever he goes. it will be highly scrutinized that's for certain.

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        • #5
          He's a very good player, All American and SEC Defensive player of the year.

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          • #6
            Cost himself some serious money.

            I can see Kiper's head exploding discussing this topic ad nauseum during the draft.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Miss I. View Post
              I wonder how good a player he is? has anyone here ever seen him play? I don't really watch college football so I don't know. If he's good it won't matter, though yes I expect the circus will come to town wherever he goes. it will be highly scrutinized that's for certain.
              Ask Kerry Rhodes if it matters or not.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Pony Boy View Post
                I wouldn't want to see that side-show come to Denver
                Sideshow? Classy. I'd be proud to root for him as a bronco. It's sad that this even needs to be considered "brave" but so be it.

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                • #9
                  His draft profile reads "showing the ability to attack off the edge as well as the burst to penetrate through the gaps."

                  I was hoping he would fall to us in the 4th round. After this, he might fall to the 5th or maybe he goes high 3rd so that a team can champion their diverse workplace culture.

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                  • #10
                    Michael Sam was projected to be a 3rd/4th round pick before he announced he was gay.

                    I'll be very interested to see how this all plays out.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Drunken.Broncoholic2 View Post
                      Ask Kerry Rhodes if it matters or not.
                      Poor word choice, but I guess in my mind it shouldnt matter if he's gay, straight, rainbow or whatever as long as he does his job and does it well and doesn't let off field issues (such as pot smoking, date raping and any other asshole illegal behavior) get in the way. The real world of course does not work this way sadly. I am pulling for him to be successeful and if he is someone who would be of value to our defense it'd be great to get him, attention or not.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by SonOfLe-loLang View Post
                        Sideshow? Classy. I'd be proud to root for him as a bronco. It's sad that this even needs to be considered "brave" but so be it.
                        Look at the Olympics or Military. It's a side show no matter where it goes.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Miss I. View Post
                          Poor word choice, but I guess in my mind it shouldnt matter if he's gay, straight, rainbow or whatever as long as he does his job and does it well and doesn't let off field issues (such as pot smoking, date raping and any other a-hole illegal behavior) get in the way. The real world of course does not work this way sadly. I am pulling for him to be successeful and if he is someone who would be of value to our defense it'd be great to get him, attention or not.
                          Ya it's just the way things play out. Rhodes would've been lights out better than any safety we have yet they didnt even look his way. My guess is Sam goes Undrafted.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by SonOfLe-loLang View Post
                            Sideshow? Classy. I'd be proud to root for him as a bronco. It's sad that this even needs to be considered "brave" but so be it.
                            There will obviously be added media scrutiny, but if he fits their defensive schemes I would be proud of the Broncos if they chose him. This team is as experienced/ready as any for a little added coverage of the pre-season.

                            Yeah, it's ****ed up that an organization will get a pat on the back simply for choosing the best available player and not discriminating against him, but given the climate of the NFL up to now, the front office that picks him will know they are making a stance of sorts. It would be very easy to choose the guy just beneath him on the draft board and let some other teams deal with ugly emails and being on ESPN all summer.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Pony Boy View Post
                              I wouldn't want to see that side-show come to Denver
                              I really do think the fact that it's coming from a future NFLer rather than an experienced star will taper the media frenzy a bit.

                              That said... good for him. He might have hurt his draft stock a little but you cant argue that the NFL wont be a better league when gay players can come out openly and it wont be a big deal.

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