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Michael Sam: Focused on football, not making history in CFL

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Newly signed Montreal Alouettes defensive end Michael Sam tosses a ball while posing at a press conference in Montreal on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.
Michael Sam says his priority is helping the Montreal Alouettes win, not making history as the first openly gay player in the Canadian Football League. [...]

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One year after Michael Sam was drafted, has anything changed?

Monday, May 11, 2015
Defensive End Michael Sam, from Missouri, runs through a drill during the NFL Super Regional Combine football workout, Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz.
One year ago, Michael Sam was supposed to change the world. Actually, that's not a fair statement. Sam did, in fact, change the world. Or at least send notice that our world was changing. [...]

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Michael Sam among 105 ‘vets’ eyeing that elusive spot in the NFL

Sunday, March 22, 2015
Defensive End Michael Sam, from Missouri, runs through a drill during the NFL Super Regional Combine football workout, Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz.
The strain and sweat on their faces showed just how much one more chance in the NFL means to Michael Sam and 104 others. [...]

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One year later, has Michael Sam been frozen out of the NFL?

Sunday, February 8, 2015
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A year ago today Michael Sam came out publicly to a tsunami of support. Yet comments from NFL executives foretold his next 12 months as he struggled to latch onto a team as an openly gay man. Now he's fighting harder than ever to get into the league. [...]

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Michael Sam says he heard from other gay NFL players after he was drafted

Friday, December 26, 2014
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After becoming the first openly gay player drafted into the National Football League, Michael Sam says he has been contacted by other gay players in the NFL who aren't public. [...]

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Michael Sam hints he’s not on an NFL roster because he’s openly gay

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
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Michael Sam hints that he believes he's not on a NFL roster because of the fact he's openly gay. [...]

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The NFL is still not ready for an openly gay player

Friday, September 5, 2014
Dallas Cowboys practice squad player defensive end Michael Sam smiles as he speaks to reporters after team practice at the team's headquarters Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in Irving, Texas.
If history is any guide, Michael Sam should be getting ready for his first NFL game. Instead, he's stuck on the practice squad with the Dallas Cowboys. The league, it would seem, isn't quite ready for its first openly gay player. We're not talking about his teammates, either. There was [...]

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Michael Sam signs with Dallas Cowboys

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Michael Sam (46) jogs on the field during team practice Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in Irving, Texas.
IRVING, Texas -- Michael Sam's second chance in the NFL will be with the Dallas Cowboys. Coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday that the league's first openly gay player will be added to the practice roster. "We just want to give him a chance to come in and help our football [...]

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Michael Sam unlikely to make Rams’ practice squad

Monday, September 1, 2014
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ST. LOUIS -- Michael Sam was probably never an ideal fit with the St. Louis Rams and it had absolutely nothing to do with his sexual orientation. They're just too well-stocked at defensive end, Sam's position. Sam showed up for his face-to-face exit meeting with coach Jeff Fisher Sunday, a [...]

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Rams coach: Michael Sam was no distraction in training camp

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Michael Sam watches pregame festivities before the start of the South Dakota State-Missouri NCAA college football game Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Columbia, Mo. Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team, was released by St. Louis Rams Saturday.
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher says he was in Michael Sam's corner from the start and that having the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team was no distraction at all in training camp. Fisher says that releasing Sam was purely a football decision. [...]

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