Monday July 21st, 2014

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy said he wouldn't have drafted St. Louis Rams rookie defensive end Michael Sam

Sam, who is the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, came out in February before the NFL Scouting Combine.

Dungy, who is now an analyst for NBC, said he would not have selected Sam because he wouldn’t have wanted to deal with the distractions and the amount of attention the selection would get. 

"I wouldn’t have taken him,’’ Dungy said, via the Tampa Tribune. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it. It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.’’

MORE: NFL treats Michael Sam like just another player

Sam was picked with the 249th overall selection in the seventh round, after an All-American season at Missouri.

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