Last year when the NFL Combine invaded Lucas Oil Stadium, the hoard of media waited…and waited for the press conference of former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o.
Prior to Sunday night it looked like Johnny Manziel’s 2014 combine press conference would rival that of Te’o.
But now that distinction belongs to Missouri defensive end Michael Sam.
On Sunday night, Sam told the New York Times: “I’m Michael Sam. I’m a football player and I’m gay.”
Sam was one of the most dominant players in college football last year. He had 11.5 sacks in 2013 and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year for a Tigers team that captured the Cotton Bowl.
NFL draft pundits have the 260-pound Sam projected to be drafted in the later rounds of the 2014 draft.
Below are a few excerpts of Sam’s article in the New York Times.
“I just want to make sure I could tell my story the way I want to tell it,” said Mr. Sam, who also spoke with ESPN on Sunday. “I just want to own my truth.”
“I’m not naïve,” Mr. Sam said. “I know this is a huge deal and I know how important this is. But my role as of right now is to train for the combine and play in the N.F.L.”
Also, a few Colts players went to Twitter to express their support for Sam deciding to come out a week and a half before the Combine.
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