By now, it’s pretty much understood that Michael Sam will make history with his every manuever and Jerry Jones is to thank for the latest one.
After being cut from the St. Louis Rams, the Dallas Cowboys offered Sam an opportunity to become the first openly gay player–who had been cut from a team–to join a new one.
Via Fox Sports:
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 team,” Garrett said. “That’s where our attention is (football). What people say outside the organization is up to them.”
The Cowboys, who are seeking help with their pass rush because of injuries and the offseason release of franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware, added Sam four days after he was released by St. Louis when teams had to cut rosters to 53 players.
Being on the Dallas roster means Sam is returning to his home state. He was a lightly regarded recruit out of Hitchcock, Texas, a town of about 7,000 along the Gulf Coast about 40 miles southeast of Houston. His first two years at Missouri, Sam backed up Aldon Smith and Jacquies Smith, both of whom are in the NFL.
Sam isn’t likely to be on the active roster for Sunday’s opener against San Francisco.
All professional football fans know that “America’s Team” divides the line between love and hate precisely down the middle and the slander and jokes immediately followed the announcement.
Scroll through the gallery below to see what the individuals who were fearless of reprisal had to say about Michael Sam Dallas Cowboys move. We spared you most of the obvious Brokeback Mountain ones.