Michael Sam, the first openly-gay football player to ever be drafted in the NFL has now been cut by the Dallas Cowboys after less than two months on the team.
Sam was never promoted to the team’s 53-man roster after joining the club on Sept. 3. This followed being cut by the team that drafted him in the 7th round, the St. Louis Rams.
Obviously disappointed, Sam nevertheless thanked the Cowboys for the opportunity in a series of tweets.
The Cowboys have instead chose Troy Davis, a second-year pro from Central Florida, to add the roster after Sam’s release, according to dallascowboys.com.
Sam is now free to sign with any NFL team, though his prospects of becoming the league’s first openly gay player on an NFL roster appears to be very slim at this point.
The Texas native ended his collegiate career as one of the most decorated players in the history of the University of Missouri.
He was selected as the Southeastern Conference’s (SEC) Co-Defensive Player of the Year and made a number of All-American teams.
But it was the NFL combine where Sam dropped precipitously as a draft prospect. Initially deemed a fourth-round pick, Sam lasted until the 249th pick in the draft because of his size — he is only 6-foot-2-inches and 260 pounds — which is too small for the defensive line. He also was tested as far too slow to play the linebacker position. And other teams probably did not want to deal with the media distraction for obvious reasons.