“I wish you’d say, ‘Hey Michael Sam, how’s football going? How’s training going?’ I’d love for you to ask me that question,” Sam responded when asked if he wished his sexual orientation wasn’t a major story. “But it is what it is. I just wish you guys would see me as Michael Sam the football player, instead of Michael Sam the gay football player.”
The 24-year-old from Hitchcock, Texas, who is poised to become the first openly gay player in NFL history actually did get to discuss football, albeit briefly, during a question-and-answer session that stretched beyond 10 minutes. The SEC’s 2013 co-defensive player of the year spoke about his ability to rush the passer and willingness to play either defensive end or outside linebacker.
Still, the majority of the questions asked were related to his decision to come out, his experience with teammates in college and how he might handle certain situations in an NFL locker room.
“Everyone could be normal around me,” Sam told the press when asked about the atmosphere in the Mizzou locker room. “If they wanted to we would joke around, because it’s a brotherhood and it’s a family. We can say things to each other, and there’s no harm. We don’t draw blood. It’s all fun and games.”