[Marxism] Michael Sam Picked by St. Louis Rams in N.F.L. Draft

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat May 10 17:04:12 MDT 2014

NY Times, May 10 2014
Michael Sam Picked by St. Louis Rams in N.F.L. Draft

Michael Sam was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round on 
Saturday, becoming the first publicly gay player to be drafted by an 
N.F.L. team.

As a senior for Missouri, Sam was a first-team all-American and was 
named the Associated Press defensive player of the year in the 
Southeastern Conference.

Sam went public about his sexual orientation in February. His 
declaration produced a mostly positive reaction, but he is now set to 
enter uncharted territory, should he make the team, as the first openly 
gay athlete in the N.F.L.

Since early February he has been among the most scrutinized players in 
predraft workouts.

When he underperformed at the biggest of those auditions, the N.F.L. 
combine in late February, he plummeted to the back of the player 
rankings. At a public workout a month later, he improved at quantifiable 
athletic assessments like the 40-yard dash, his measured vertical leap 
and the number of times he bench-pressed 225 pounds, but a survey of 
various predraft rankings this week still listed him from 12th to 25th 
among defensive ends.

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