A Game Changer…Michael Sam!

11 Feb

It appears a new era in football is on the horizon with the explosive “coming out” of University of Missouri and Defensive Player Of the Year, Michael Sam this week.

The 24 year old, 6 feet 2 inches and 260lbs defensive lineman officially announced that he is gay to the world. A courageous decision to make, while in the spotlight as potential NFL hopeful. So why would he come out?

Michael’s story begins in the small college town of Columbia Missouri, a young college football player who admitted his homosexuality to his team mates a long time ago and it was common knowledge from everyone who knew him personally, On Sunday night as a featured guest on ESPN Michael made his announcement to millions! By making that announcement Michael Sam set the course to become the first openly gay player in the National Football League.

Quite an accomplished athlete, Michael is a senior at University of Missouri with a stellar season under his belt, finishing 12-2 and won the Cotton Bowl. He is a first team All American and was named the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year in the Southeastern Conference and was voted Missouri’s Most Valuable Player (MVP).

Was making this public announcement before “draft picks” begin for the NFL the right thing to do ? Did he possibly ruin his chances for an NFL career?

Michael believed it was the right thing to do indicating that rumors and whispers were starting to circulate. “I just want to make sure I could tell my story the way I want to tell it, I just want to own my truth” Michael said when speaking with ESPN.

Michael has displayed honor, honesty and courage to himself and has become an inspiration to young gay youths in America. Unlike past NFL players who “came out” during their retirement,

Michael has changed the game, and stared the league in it’s face to live in his personal truth.

At the end of the day can he play ball? Yes. Does he have the potential to become a dynamic player for the National Football League? Yes.

Can he be considered an inspirational pioneer for gay rights in America? Yes.

Will he be drafted and accepted this May 2014 into the NFL? That remains to be seen. But one thing is for certain, Michael Sam has changed the game and opened dialog in America about equality in the macho dominating world of professional sports.

Kudos Michael for proclaiming your Truth!

linkedin photo RogerRaj 🙂

Roger Anthony Ford, Executive Creative Design Asst.  Photos Courtesy of Yahoo/Sports. 

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