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Reportedly visiting the Cowobys, and I honestly feel bad for the guy.  He's good enough to be in the NFL, but the media is determined to cover every single thing he does.  So even if an NFL team likes him, they won't give him a shot because of the distractions.  Not trying to make a joke here, but he'd be ideal in San Fran.  Their defense has been depleted, and he would get support there like nowhere else. 

 

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Reportedly visiting the Cowobys, and I honestly feel bad for the guy.  He's good enough to be in the NFL, but the media is determined to cover every single thing he does.  So even if an NFL team likes him, they won't give him a shot because of the distractions.  Not trying to make a joke here, but he'd be ideal in San Fran.  Their defense has been depleted, and he would get support there like nowhere else. 

 

Thoughts?

 

You say he is good enough, but all the professional analysts say he isn't. He isn't fast enough to be a linebacker, he doesn't play special teams, he isn't a three down player, and on and on. He had some good pass rush in preseason, but that wasn't considered enough to cover the gaps he isn't capable of filling. So in closing, who cares if he likes guys or women. the point that he gets so much media attention is just as good for him, as it is bad (as you are pointing out).

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He'd be a great addition to the Jets practice squad. Sheldon Richardson would have his back, and I've heard rumors about a robust homosexual community right here in NYC as well.

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You say he is good enough, but all the professional analysts say he isn't. He isn't fast enough to be a linebacker, he doesn't play special teams, he isn't a three down player, and on and on. He had some good pass rush in preseason, but that wasn't considered enough to cover the gaps he isn't capable of filling. So in closing, who cares if he likes guys or women. the point that he gets so much media attention is just as good for him, as it is bad (as you are pointing out).

 

Honestly?  You don't think that the co-SEC defensive POTY who performed at a high level in the pre-season is worthy of being the 53rd guy on somebody's roster. I think he absolutely is.  There are far worse players in the league.

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He'd be a great addition to the Jets practice squad. Sheldon Richardson would have his back, and I've heard rumors about a robust homosexual community right here in NYC as well.

 

Tough sell...even though I'd like to see him make it, I'm not sure I want them to get a guy who announced before the draft that he didn't want to be here.

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seriously, he did it ALL to himself. coming out wasnt the problem....it was everything he did afterwards

 

seriously, he did it ALL to himself. coming out wasnt the problem....it was everything he did afterwards

 

You think so?  I'd agree completely if he went through with that Oprah show.  When I heard about that I was like "eff him...publicity whore" but once he nixed it and just played football, I give him the benefit of the doubt.

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Honestly?  You don't think that the co-SEC defensive POTY who performed at a high level in the pre-season is worthy of being the 53rd guy on somebody's roster. I think he absolutely is.  There are far worse players in the league.

 

To be the 53rd guy you have to play specials. If you know you cant get him on the field...add on the questions every day...add on it only being a 16 game season....I can see why organizations are saying let someone else deal with it.

 

WHat would make this entire thing easier if a good player were to come out. 

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I really think all this controversy is more in the minds of the sportswriters and front offices than in most of the fans'.  I can remember when the Knicks fielded the first all black starting five in NBA history-and none of the fans noticed.  The papers and TV  played it up, though.

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To be the 53rd guy you have to play specials. If you know you cant get him on the field...add on the questions every day...add on it only being a 16 game season....I can see why organizations are saying let someone else deal with it.

 

WHat would make this entire thing easier if a good player were to come out. 

 

Absolutely...I'm not saying I don't understand why teams are shying away from him, I just think it's a shame.  He's good enough to warrant a chance.  

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You think so?  I'd agree completely if he went through with that Oprah show.  When I heard about that I was like "eff him...publicity whore" but once he nixed it and just played football, I give him the benefit of the doubt.

He didn't nix it, the rams told him not to

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Absolutely...I'm not saying I don't understand why teams are shying away from him, I just think it's a shame.  He's good enough to warrant a chance.  

 

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1737095/jackson-jeffcoat

 

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1700418/michael-sam

 

It's a tough biz

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I really think all this controversy is more in the minds of the sportswriters and front offices than in most of the fans'. I can remember when the Knicks fielded the first all black starting five in NBA history-and none of the fans noticed. The papers and TV played it up, though.

How ******* old are you?

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Honestly?  You don't think that the co-SEC defensive POTY who performed at a high level in the pre-season is worthy of being the 53rd guy on somebody's roster. I think he absolutely is.  There are far worse players in the league.

College means a lot, and it means nothing. There have been a ton of great college players who didn't even get a look to turn pro. I don't think that a slew of professional analysts, and former professional athletes are all wrong. The reasoning they gave seems solid to me. He is a one trick pony, and supposedly isn't great at that one trick. 

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If Aaron Rodgers or Andrew Luck came out as gay, the league and its partners would go buck-wild exploiting/profiting from that player, imo. Sam is being treated like he's an injury or attitude risk--teams are weighing his level of talent vs the level of potential aggravation (vis a vis media attention) that comes along with signing him. You hate to see it, but I'm not sure that, as a GM, I'd be in a rush to invite that onto my organization unless I was pretty sure he'd develop into a fairly significant contributor for my team. If he goes to Dallas and gets ten sacks this year, it's a great story. But if he struggles and is out of the league next year, I don't know that it'll be because the league hates gays, per se. It'll be because teams like to control how their team is covered and having players with baggage who aren't stars is exceedingly inconvenient.

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How ******* old are you?

 

Old enough to remember 1979.  Turned out it wasn't the first all black starting five, it was an all black roster that I remembered.  It went almost unnoticed by the fans, but the newspapers and TV focused on it.

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