Hall of Famers Believe Michael Sam will be Accepted

4 years 5 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, May 03 2014 May 3, 2014 Saturday, May 03, 2014 3:46:00 PM CDT May 03, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) - The greatest players and coaches in NFL history believe openly gay defensive end Michael Sam, who is expected to be drafted next week, will be accepted in the league.

Lions running back Barry Sanders, Buffalo coach Marv Levy and other members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame applauded Sam's courage to step forward, and said with no hesitancy that the former Missouri player will be welcomed by whichever team selects him.

Levy, who led the Bills to four straight appearances in the Super Bowl, said Saturday at a "Fan Fest" event that his only consideration in drafting Sam would be "is he the best guy at his position when we're on the board?"

Hall of Fame cornerback Michael Haynes said the timing of Sam's decision to reveal his sexuality is good because previous generations were not as open-minded.

 

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