Michael Sam’s quest to become the first openly gay player in the NFL is not over, despite being cut by the St. Louis Rams over the weekend. The Dallas Cowboys brought in the former Missouri star linebacker for a physical with intentions on signing him to their practice squad.
Sam, a college linebacker-turned-defensive end, went from the disappointment of being cut by the Rams to the thrill of another opportunity over the course of a few days. He cleared waivers Sunday and is free to sign with any team.
“It’s been a roller coaster this past week, but I’m happy where I’m at now,” Sam told MailOnline. “I’m just looking forward to being a Cowboy; my focus is on making the team.
“It has all happened so quickly, but it’s exciting, I just wanna get back to playing football, you know. I haven’t had a chance to speak to any of my family yet, not even my mom, but I will. I never followed the Cowboys growing up because I never had a team. I am a fan of defenses and Dallas needs some help, that’s why I’m going.”
Sam was the Rams’ seventh-round draft pick, No. 249 overall, in May’s draft. He put together a solid preseason performance, coming up with 11 tackles and three sacks. In Thursday night’s preseason finale against Miami, Sam had a team-high six tackles.