Former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam believes he would be still on an NFL roster if he didn’t come out as gay. While appearing on The Dan Patrick Show last week, Sam was asked if his sexual orientation affected attempts to stick with an NFL team.
“I’m not going to say, if I came out or not, but it probably would have been better for me if I didn’t come out,” Sam said on the show.
Sam was named Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the SEC in 2013. He became the first publicly gay player to be selected in the NFL Draft when the St. Louis Rams picked him the seventh round.
Sam most recently spent time in the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes, but only saw the field once, as he left the team to deal with personal issues.
On the Dan Patrick Show, Sam told Patrick that he is past those issues, in a good state of mind and back at the University of Missouri for graduate school while working out to get another chance at the NFL.