Angela: What's next for Michael Sam?
Everyone is talking about Michael Sam. At the office, at the dinner table and everywhere on social media. The All-American 2014 SEC Defensive Player of the Year is openly gay, and then came "the kiss" on ESPN. What effect will it have on his career?
I had a pile of questions about this story so I asked our WWL sports team to join me in studio to hash out the fine details of what it means to be drafted so late, what it means to have an openly gay person in the locker room, and his prospects as an NFL draftee.
Bobby Hebert, Deke Bellavia, Kristian Garic and T-Bob Hebert were kind enough to spend a whole hour with me, lending their invaluable insight (both as reporters and actual former NFL players) to help me answer some of these questions.
So why was he drafted so late? T-Bob pointed out right away that "you'd be hard pressed to say that his sexuality and the media storm that comes with had absolutely nothing to do with it, but if you look at the numbers, its not hard to see why he fell all the way to the 7th round. He only had one really successful year in college, and with that, he needed to have a really successful Combine. He had the 6th worst performance out of over 200 players there."
Is he really good enough to be in the NFL? Bobby Hebert said "He'd be the first SEC Co-MVP on defense to not make the NFL. This is what's gonna happen, watch. If they end up cutting him, they'll put him on the practice squad. The Rams' D-Line is not a good place for him. If he kicks butt on special teams, they'll have a spot for him."
The whole hour was informative, engaging and great radio. Take a listen.
FULL AUDIO: Angela talks to WWL sports team about Michael Sam