Michael Sam, the NFL’s first openly gay player, is one of GQ‘s Men Of The Year just as the news emerges that he could be recruited into the Arena Football League by Mötley Crüe front man Vince Neil. Sam made history this year when he was drafted into the NFL’s St Louis Rams after publicly revealing he is gay. But he’s yet to play a regular season game. He was dropped by the Rams in August, snapped up by the Dallas Cowboys days later, only to and dropped again in October, having never made it out of the practice squad.
When he was dropped by the Cowboys, Sam thanked the family of owner Jerry Jones as well as “friends, family, teammates, and fans for their support.”
“While this is disappointing, I will take the lessons I learned here in Dallas and continue to fight for an opportunity to prove that I can play every Sunday.”
One wonders if he’s paying the price for being openly gay (surely it must be pro AND con) but he’s looking GQ good and it made him a MOTY. Congrats to one who is surely a hero to many young sports fans. We are on your team, Michael!
Check out all of the other GQ cover stars; Chris Pratt, Dave Chappelle, Ansel Elgort, Shailene Woodley, and Steve Carell here.