For the second time in two months, openly gay player Michael Sam was dropped by a NFL team. The Dallas Cowboys, who gave him a place on the team’s practice squad, announced that the player was “waived.” He was replaced by linebacker Troy Davis from Central Florida. In three tweets, Sam wrote: “I want to thank the Jones family and the entire Cowboys organization for this opportunity, as well as my friends, family, teammates, and fans for their support. While this is disappointing, I will take the lessons I learned here in Dallas and continue to fight for an opportunity to prove that I can play every Sunday.”
Sam’s career is over yet, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com who wrote:
Plenty of NFL veterans have been cut multiple times, so there’s no reason to think this is the end of the road for Sam. It will be interesting, however, to see if Sam can land on a practice squad during this season. If not, there will likely be a spot for him when rosters expand again in the offseason.
Sam’s groundbreaking role in the NFL is unique, but his path as a professional player is not. His high profile is putting a spotlight on what so many players go through as they pursue their dreams.