Michael Sam excelled on the football field during his time at the University of Missouri. In four seasons, he accumulated 110 tackles, 31.5 tackles for loss, 17 sacks, 2 interceptions and 5 forced fumbles. His best season came in 2013 when he posted 47 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and 10 sacks.
As successful as he was on the field, Sam is known for a lot more. He became nationally recognized after coming out as the first openly gay player to enter the NFL draft. He was then selected by the St. Louis Rams with the No. 249 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
After a brief stint with the Rams, Sam ended up on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad before being cut. His last professional team was in 2015 with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes, but Sam never played a live snap there either.
Since then, Sam hasn’t played professional football of any kind. But he did make it clear that he hasn’t given up that dream during a speech on Thursday evening at the University of Virginia.
Former #Mizzou football star Michael Sam was at @UVA for a speaking event yesterday. During the speech, Sam said he hasn’t given up on his pro football dream. He said he hopes to play in the XFL when it relaunches in 2020. cc: @Dave_Matter. https://t.co/o0BQzSBbZq
— Nick Mathews (@Nick_Mathews) April 13, 2018
The XFL is the league that is being relaunched by Vince McMahon. It was announced in January that the return would take place in 2020, which means Sam will be 30 years old by then.
It’s certainly possible that Sam’s skill set could be coveted by a league that’s looking to add recognizable names with talent. At the same time, expectations should be checked. If Sam does end up on a roster in 2020, that would mean that it would’ve been almost six years since he played in a live football game.