His historic selection behind him, Michael Sam can turn focus to football

Michael Sam's seventh-round selection puts him in an uphill battle for playing time in St. Louis.
Ben Walton/SI

But most of all, it is Sam's moment, no matter the bigger statement, no matter the far-reaching consequences. Let the young man who started this conversation -- or at least sent it into overdrive -- have his due, and for his sake, let it be about football. That's what he's wanted all along, isn't it?

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide — from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Grant Wahl, Andy Staples and more — delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.