I feel like people are making a big deal that Michael Sam got cut from his NFL team. As if it means that he can’t play football and it should never have been a big deal that he came out.
But imagine if had come out a year earlier. Then he would have gone on to become the SEC Co-defensive player of the year and been considered a really exciting, dynamic, successful football player instead of a ‘failure’ like I’ve seen in comments already. And that’s regardless of his NFL success.
His NFL story isn’t different from dozens of draftees who will be cut by their NFL teams. More won’t play a down in their first few seasons before being let go.
I’m just saying, it sucks that there’s some group of people trying to negate his accomplishments as if the only thing that matters is his success AFTER coming out. That’s a pretty crap narrative. Is there an expectation that he has to be the sole representative of if gay people can play football (even though there are players who have come out after long NFL careers?). The question was already answered for any of the ignorant jerks who thought to ask it—Michael Sam and countless (really) others have already played and succeeded in the sport. Don’t tear people down because you don’t like their narrative. Michael Sam sucks at football because he didn’t make the NFL. Blare it out there, and the point about his college success is lost on the young kid who decides he can’t play on his middle school team because he doesn’t have that role model.
That stuff is so disheartening.