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