By Nathan James
In a series of Tweets last night, Michael Sam, the first openly gay athlete to sign with an NFL team, announced he was “stepping away from football”, out of “concern for [his] mental health”.
Sam, who was the Southeastern Conference’s Defensive Player Of The Year in 2014, while playing for Missouri State University, made international headlines that summer, when he publicly came out of the closet, before the annual NFL Draft. Sam was subsequently signed–and dropped–by both the St. Louis Rams and Dallas Cowboys, without ever playing a regular season game for either team. Read More