Oct 19, 2013; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Michael Sam (52) celebrates after sacking Florida Gators quarterback Tyler Murphy (3) (not pictured) during the first half at Faurot Field. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears GM Phil Emery Chimes In on Michael Sam

Michael Sam has taken not only the NFL but the world of sports by storm since he made his historic announcement and came out Sunday evening.   He is poised to become the first active openly gay athlete in one of the major four men’s sports.  Sure, other former athletes or end-of-the-line athletes have come out, but no one with as much at stake as Sam, who is just hoping to start his career.

A lot has been made of Sam’s draft stock, with a lot of anonymous GM’s speculating that Sam’s stock might have dropped or that he might be a distraction in an NFL locker room.  Chicago Bears GM Phil Emery has taken the other tack, releasing a statement on Sam:

“Michael stated with great poise and confidence who he is as a person and football player and I have tremendous respect for him in the way he conveyed his thoughts and the courage it took to state them publicly,” Emery said in a statement.

“Each and every player in the NFL is a unique individual, as we all are in life. We all ultimately gain respect in our jobs by how well we perform at our chosen profession and if the level in which we perform adds positively to the collective goal of success. Michael stated this and I agree with his thoughts, it is about his skill set as a football player to add positively to a team’s goals and that’s how he will be evaluated.”

That statement is so Phil. You’ve got to commend him for putting his name on it and not hiding in the shadow of anonymity.

With regard to Sam, we’ll see what happens at the Combine, but I’m afraid he’s another undersized DE/OLB tweener that the Bears have in surplus.  From what I’ve read, he’s not necessarily a good fit in the 4-3 scheme the Bears run. If they were to go to more of a hybrid scheme, he might make a little more sense.

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  • ManGod

    There is no question as to the courage or the self respect Michael Sam has for himself and the rest of the population. His open and public statement regarding his private and personal sexual orientation at this stage of his career and his life are tremendously brave and show a great deal of self respect. I believe that whatever team selects this young man in the draft will be the benefactor of a late round steal, a diamond in disguise. I see Michael Sam as a later 5-7 round pick who will become a very successful and impact player for the team that drafts him. His statement puts him a position whereby he must perform at the very peak of his skill set immediately….he must now represent not only his own courage and skill as a football player, but he will also become the player who is ultimately remembered as the first openly gay NFL player and the man who basically opens the door for all bisexual and or gay players to come out and be successful in the world of American Pro Sports. That will not be an easy task for Sam, he is a tweener and does not possess the ultimate skill set to be a great player based on size and skill alone; therefore he will have learn to adapt, learn to acquire new skills and develop a very base ‘killer instinct’ for the ball and being in the right place at the right time to succeed in the NFl.. Can he do it is yet to be seen, first a team must be smart enough to draft him, then utilize him in a manner that best presents his courage and skill every opportunity to succeed…and then Michael Sam will have to put it all together and live up to the courage and determination he has shown and become one of the very best at his position in this game we call Football.

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