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Rams’ Michael Sam: “I Can Play in This League”

Michael Sam
(courtesy: FTW.USATOday.com)

The St. Louis Rams knew – or at least thought they knew – what they were getting into when they drafted Michael Sam in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Sam, the league’s first openly gay player, made his preseason debut last night and wasted little time making an impact. Sam recorded one tackle, a quarterback hit, and had a quarterback pressure that was negated by a defensive holding call.

Nevertheless, as a seventh round pick, Sam knows there isn’t a guarantee of him making the Rams’ final 53-man roster, but he doesn’t seem to be worried about that, according to ProFootballTalk.

I can play in this league,” Sam told reporters after Friday’s Saints-Rams game.  “That’s the most important.  I was kind of nervous.  I got some nerves out today.  It was a very good learning experience, and I can play in this league.”

Sam showed glimpses of why he was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, but it will be his contributions on special teams that ultimately will determine whether or not he earns a roster spot.

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