Michael Sam made history when he became the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL, but Sam said he wasn’t alone in the league as a gay man.In a speech and Q&A se sion at the 2015 Dallas Holocaust Museum Upstander speaker series Thursday night, Sam saidNFL playersreached out to him [link=https://www.pbsteelersgear.com/David_Decastro_Jersey.NFL][b]David DeCastro Jersey[/b][/link] after he was drafted by the Rams in 2014 and told him they, too, were gay.MORE: Latest mock draft| Draft throwback: Aaron Rodgers| Bucs LB heads to spring training I am not the only gay person in the NFL, he said, according tothe Forth WorthStar-Telegram. Im just saying there is a lot of us. I respect the players that did reach out to me and had the courage to tell me that they were also gay, but they do not have the same courage as I do to come out before I even played a down in the NFL. The players who have reached out to me and told me about their sexual orientation, it just means a lot. But I will never say anything about who they are, what teams they are [on]. Im just saying theres some famous people, and Im not the only one.After Sam heard from those other gay players, he said he thought his reception would be le s tumultuous.Was it a risky move? Yes. But at that moment, the reason why I came out is I [link=https://www.pbsteelersgear.com/Ben_Roethlisberger_Jersey.NFL][b]Ben Roethlisberger Jersey[/b][/link] thought it wasnt going to be a big deal,” Sam said.”Maybe I was naive. Maybe I thought it was 2014, and people will understand that there’sgay NFL players. Theres gay athletes everywhere. But I was clearly wrong. It was a huge deal.Sam is technically not in the NFL at the moment, and his 4.99 40-yard dash at last weekend’s veterans combine in Arizona likely wont help, considering it was slower than his 4.91 time at the 2014 NFL Combine.For the time being, while Sam is focused on his starring role on the 20th season of “Dancing with the Stars.” He isnt sure if his sexual orientation is the reason for his NFL employment status, but he said his story could be the reason current NFL players arent coming out.’Dancing with the Stars’ is my employer, Sam said. Thats my main source of income. Im [link=https://www.pbsteelersgear.com/Darrius_Heyward-bey_Jersey.NFL][b]Darrius Heyward-Bey Jersey[/b][/link] unemployed, and I dont believe Im out of the NFL because Im gay. But if it was a reason, it can hurt their livelihood, and you dont want to [link=https://www.pbsteelersgear.com/Maurkice_Pouncey_Jersey.NFL][b]Maurkice Pouncey Jersey[/b][/link] take that chance.Sam wascut by the Rams prior to the start of the 2014 regular season and was later cut fromCowboys practice squad last October.Samsaidhe still wants to be a football player, but when asked what hewould wanta Google search to say about him, Samsaid he didnt want his football career to be the first line.I would rather it says, Michael Sam did something very historic. Michael Sam is changing history. Michael Sam is changing lives, Sam said. Id rather it not even say, Michael Sam the football player, as long as it says, Michael Sam is changing lives. Michael Sam is making a difference. Michael Sam is standing for others who cant stand for themselves.
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