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With so much drama in the N-F-L, Michael Sam’s first gay-to-play story is becoming a mere afterthought.

The former SEC Defensive Player of the Year hasn’t been heard from since he was cut from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad in late October. And deep down inside, he feels that it’s due to a lack of skill.

Via TMZ:

Michael Sam believes he’s not on a NFL roster because of the fact he’s openly gay — telling TMZ Sports he strongly believes he’s got the talent to play in the league.

Sam was at LAX this morning when he was asked if he thinks NFL teams are shying away from him because of his sexual orientation … or if it has to do with the level of talent he faced after college.

“I think I was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year last year … so I don’t think it had to do with talent.”

Translation — he believes he’s on the outs because he’s out.

Sam says he’s still focused on getting back into the league … and told us the chances of Oprah ever reviving the reality show that was in the works before the draft are slim to none.

Watch Sam’s reluctant yet candid interview in the video below. Keep in mind that his performance at the NFL combine was less-than-stellar, eventually starting his downward spiral with not only the Cowboys but the St. Louis Rams as well. Additional pictures of him at the airport can be found on the next pages.

Photos: WENN

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