Rams' Michael Sam says he's a 'football player,' not a trailblazer

Wednesday July 30th, 2014

St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam said that he's simply "a football player" when asked at Rams training camp if he wanted to be a trailblazer, according to USA Today Sports.

Sam became the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL and is attempting to become the first openly gay player to play a game in the league by making the Rams' roster. His sexuality re-entered the news last week when former NFL coach Tony Dungy said he wouldn't have picked Sam in the draft due to him being a "distraction."

Dungy later said he was referring to the media attention surrounding Sam and his planned reality show, and not his sexuality.

According to USA Today Sports, Sam's presence at Rams camp hasn't been distraction of any kind.

"Business as usual," Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers told USA TODAY Sports. "Focus on football. That's what time it is. He's a Rams defensive lineman, and we treat him as that."

General manager Les Snead said, "The biggest distraction right now is the weather. It's cool."

A seventh-round draft pick, Sam could be facing an uphill battle in trying to make the Rams, who have one of the best defensive lines in football. St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher said he's planning on keeping "nine-ish" defensive linemen.

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- Ben Estes

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