Michael Sam coming out gay a game changer for NFL

Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Michael Sam (52) is congratulated by defensive lineman Lucas...

Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Michael Sam (52) is congratulated by defensive lineman Lucas Vincent (96) after sacking Florida Gators quarterback Tyler Murphy. Sam, who was the Southeastern Conference defence player of the year, announced he was gay. (Denny Medley/USA TODAY Sports)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:06 PM ET

Everybody pulls their pants on one leg at a time.

But how, and where, they take them off, evidently still makes a big difference.

Which explains the tsunami of controversy that swamped the NFL on Monday in wake of Michael Sam’s announcement that he is gay.

Sam’s sexual orientation will come as little surprise to many NFL scouts, or teams.

It’s just that Sam hadn’t advertised the fact to the rest of the world.

“We knew of his status for five years and not one team member, coach, or staff member said anything (which) says a lot about our family atmosphere,” Missouri linebacker Donovan Bonner tweeted, Monday.

There would be no kiss-and-tell. To them, he was just Michael, and they were happy he contributed to a lot of high-fiving in a 12-2 season that culminated in a Cotton Bowl victory. After recording 111/2 sacks and 19 tackles for losses, he was projected as a third- to fifth-round NFL draft pick.


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