To judge whether Sam will get another chance in the NFL, take a look at the number of Cameron Wake. He played with the British Columbia Lions in the CFL in 2007 and 2008 and picked up 39 sacks while also being named the most outstanding defensive player both seasons – and the Miami Dolphins gave him a chance. If Michael Sam can generate those sorts of numbers and accolades, NFL teams will give him another shot. Skill on the field – particularly in the pass rush – is gold, and NFL teams are always looking for the next great rusher. The best thing going forward is that so many people in this process are looking at Sam as they should – as a football player who might or might not be able to contribute to a team’s success. The fact is that there have been gay football players as long as the league has been in existence, but they haven’t expressed their sexuality openly. The fact that people are discussing this in terms of X’s and O’s and production numbers rather than wondering whether Sam will be a distraction in the locker room means that, in many ways, people have progressed beyond looking at homosexuality as anything other than another element of a person’s life. If Sam can generate the types of numbers that make him a defensive standout in the CFL, then it’s definitely likely that the NFL will give him another look. If you’ve watched NFL games the past few seasons, you can see that teams need pass rushing help more than ever. Standout defensive linemen are among the most highly coveted free agents each year. The rules that make life as a defensive back harder mean that quarterbacks have an easier time zipping the ball down the field. To compensate for those rules, coaches are looking for ways to make passing the ball more difficult by pressuring the quarterback as quickly as possible. Sources: Missouri.edu: http://missouri.edu/ ESPN.com: http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/12417/cameron-wake
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