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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 few hours after clearing waivers.

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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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St. Louis Rams cut Michael Sam, 1st openly gay player drafted in the NFL

| Saturday, August 30, 2014
St. Louis Rams cut Michael Sam, 1st openly gay player drafted in the NFL
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams have cut Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team. The 7th-round draft pick has been outspoken and confident as his progress was watched as closely as any rookie in the league. He has been cheered by athletes and celebrities. In the end, the defensive end couldn't make a team stocked with pass-rushers.

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The Waiting Game begins anew for Michael Sam

| Friday, August 29, 2014
St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam looks up at the scoreboard from the sidelines during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Fla.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- For Michael Sam, it's time for another waiting game, another chapter of waiting for the phone to ring and seeing what someone on the other end says about his future. And as was the case on NFL draft weekend, Sam is confident things will work out as he hopes. Sam's preseason came to an end Thursday night, with a team-best six tackles ...

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Michael Sam gets last chance at Rams’ preseason impression

| Thursday, August 28, 2014
St. Louis Rams rookie defensive end Michael Sam stretches during the team's NFL football rookie camp Friday, May 16, 2014, in St. Louis.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Michael Sam is about to get one last chance to show the St. Louis Rams why he belongs on their 53-man roster. For him — and everyone else on NFL roster bubbles — a preseason finale is anything but meaningless. Sam and the Rams visit the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night, the last exhibition for both clubs and the last opportunity for players...

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Michael Sam survives first training camp cuts with Rams

Outsports.com | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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Michael Sam was not among the cuts the St. Louis Rams made Tuesday, Sam's agent Cameron Weiss confirmed with Outsports. That ensures Sam will have one final preseason game in which to make the team's roster.

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N.Y. Giants defend hiring of David Tyree despite history of anti-gay remarks

| Thursday, July 24, 2014
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The New York Giants is defending its decision to hire former receiver David Tyree as their new director of player development, despite his history of anti-gay comments and activism against LGBT rights and marriage equality. Tyree became the hero of Super Bowl XLII when he made a fourth-quarter catch that allowed the Giants to win the Super Bowl against...

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Michael Sam signed to four-year contract with St. Louis Rams

| Friday, June 13, 2014
St. Louis Rams rookie defensive end Michael Sam stretches during the team's NFL football rookie camp Friday, May 16, 2014, in St. Louis.
ST. LOUIS -- Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, has been signed to a four-year, $2.65 million contract with St. Louis Rams. Fox Sports reports that the Rams announced on Thursday afternoon that they had signed all 11 of their picks from last month’s draft.

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Michael Sam: No issues fitting in with St. Louis Rams

| Sunday, June 8, 2014
St. Louis Rams cut Michael Sam, 1st openly gay player drafted in the NFL
Michael Sam is confident he'll be judged on performance. The first openly gay player drafted in the NFL said Friday there have been no issues fitting in with his St. Louis Rams teammates, no awkward moments in the locker room and that he was accepted right away. "They respect me as a human being," he said.

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Michael Sam’s draft pick likely to expand NFL’s gay fan base

| Saturday, May 17, 2014
St. Louis Rams seventh-round draft pick Michael Sam listens to a question during a news conference at the NFL football team's practice facility Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis.
Years before Michael Sam was born, gay-rights activists Kate Kendell and Paul Guequierre were already die-hard National Football League fans. For them and other gay fans of the NFL — their passion for pro football was rewarded with a moment they describe as thrilling: the decision by the St. Louis Rams to make Sam the first openly gay NFL draft pick.

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