Saturday, September 26, 2015

Was it ever even a question? Michael Sam blames his lack of NFL ability on being gay.

Well, that's not exactly how he put it, but that's the gist of it.

Sam, best known for being drafted in the late rounds because he was homosexual, set this up because lacked the skill set required of an NFL player.

He, on the other hand, blames his sexual proclivities for his failure... when there were a variety reasons why he not only couldn't make it in the bigs... he couldn't even make it in Canadian football.

That he was all that in college doesn't necessarily transmit to pro ball, just ask Tim Tebow, among others.

But scouts at the combine were singularly unimpressed with Sam:
The number that sticks out most, arguably, is Sam's disappointing performance in the bench press. Those concerned about his strength aren't going to walk away assuaged. Sam's total of 17 reps at 225 pounds was one of the lowest figures among defensive linemen, better than only UCLA's Cassius Marsh.
Strength is something of an NFL requirement.  Sam's lack of that commodity doomed him.  His failure to standout for the Rams or the Cowboys?

Who was mostly responsible for that?

But then, if memory serves, Sam also was signed by a Canadian Football Team... that ultimately, Sam himself quit.

The problem here isn't Sam's physical ability per se', his strength could certainly be improved.

It's his aura of entitlement... that seemed based entirely on his notorious demand for attention... and leading with his sexual preference instead of leading with his athletic talent.

It's as if he anticipated the outcome and wanted to set up the excuse set before he failed.

The result?  As I expected and wrote here, instead of working harder and wanting it more... he blames his choice of sexual partners.

Seriously.  Like a football cares.
Michael Sam: I'd Still Be In the NFL if I Hadn't Come Out
Michael Sam
Michael Sam
 Courtesy of OWN
by Ryan Parker                                                                             9/25/2015 1:20pm PDT 
"I have no regrets whatsoever," Sam says. 
Michael Sam could very well still be playing in the NFL had he not come out as gay, the former St. Louis Ram told sportscaster Dan Patrick on Friday. 
Sam, who played defensive end at the University of Missouri before being drafted into the NFL, told Patrick becoming a media spectacle was never a part of his plan, and may have hurt his first shot at professional football.  
"I wanted to come out after I made an NFL roster, it really wasn't supposed to be public," Sam said on the Dan Patrick Show during a 13-minute interview. "It was just supposed to be to the team, as I did at the University of Missouri."  
But some reporters were aware of his sexuality, and Sam feared they would break the news, which he wanted to do on his own terms, he said.  
"I wanted to be the one to tell my own story. I didn't want someone telling it for me," said Sam, who was the recipient of the 2014 Arthur Ashe Courage Award. 
Then Patrick asked Sam if coming out hurt his professional career.  
"I'm not going to say ... but it probably would have been better for me if I didn't come out, I would be on a roster," Sam said. "But, as I said, I have no regrets whatsoever."  
Sam was cut by the Rams before the start of the 2014 regular season, having been beat for a roster spot by Ethan Westbrooks. From there, he was claimed by the Dallas Cowboys for their practice squad, but ultimately cut again.  
Sam had a short stint in the Canadian Football League before returning to the University of Missouri to pursue a master's degree. 


If he has "no regrets" and isn't reveling in his victimhood, then what's the point of this interview?

In fact, the only thing that seems to set him apart from any of the other almost made-its is who he's sleeping with.

And really... is that any reason at all to hire this guy?

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