Two days after his release from the St. Louis Rams, Michael Sam will get a second chance at becoming the NFL’s first openly gay player with a team in the heart of the Bible Belt — the Dallas Cowboys.
The Daily Mail reports that Sam flew in to Dallas yesterday and will take a physical for the Cowboys today. If he passes, a source indicates that he will most likely be signed to the team’s practice squad.
Experts including Outsports founder Cyd Zeigler agreed earlier this week that Sam being cut from the Rams was most likely due to homophobia in the NFL. After ESPN’s salacious report about Sam’s showering habits, it became clear early on that the sporting world wasn’t ready to drop the whole “gay” issue.
Speaking with NFL AM, Ziegler said: “I think that it was going so well for a few weeks in the preseason, we were just talking about Michael Sam the football player then all of a sudden last week it was a big reminder of the power of him being gay in the locker room and how much people want to talk about that.”
But the haters aren’t fazing Sam in the slightest, thank god. When the DM caught up with him at the airport yesterday, he said: “None of that matters, I’m excited to be to be joining Dallas, I just want to play football, it’s great to be heading back to my home state. It’s been a roller coaster this past week but I’m happy where I’m at now. I’m just looking forward to being a Cowboy, my focus is on making the team.”
Earlier this week, Sam tweeted some inspirational thoughts on his upcoming journey:
The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I've always known. The journey continues.
— Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) August 30, 2014
The same day, Sam’s boyfriend Vito Cammisano also tweeted a photo of the happy couple looking optimistic:
— Vito (@Vitcamm) August 30, 2014
Best of luck to you, Michael!