“That was a tough defensive line to go to,” Sam said. “It was really hard for me. I actually wish I went undrafted, because I could choose a team who needed some really good pass rushers and was weak on the depth chart.”
Sam was taken by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL draft. Their front seven in 2014 featured Pro Bowl linemen Robert Quinn and Aaron Donald, along with 2012 and 2013 first-round picks Michael Brockers and Alec Ogletree.
Sam says he’s currently training to try to make it back to the NFL, and also taking broadcasting classes in case football doesn’t work out.
The former SEC defensive player of the year came out as gay in Feb. 2014. After preseason stints with the Rams and Cowboys and a stop in the CFL, Sam announced in August he would take a break from football.
- Kenny Ducey