May 13, 2014

Followup: Michael Sam, first NFLer to come out before the draft, picked 248th.

Dallas sportscaster Dale Hansen’s poignant comment on Michael Sam being drafted 249th.

Hansen: “Former Texas quarterback Case McCoy tweeted after seeing that picture on ESPN: “ESPN, are you serious?” Which, ironically, is what most Texas fans said every time Case McCoy ran on the football field.”

248 players better than Sam? I don’t think so. But–to be fair to the NFL–Hansen predicted Sam as a “…3rd to 5th round pick…”…before Sam’s lackluster combine.

Sam: “From last season alone, I should’ve been in the first three rounds. SEC Defensive Player of the Year, All-American,” Sam said, via the Associated Press. “I knew I was going to get picked somewhere. Every team that passed me, I was thinking how I’m going to sack their quarterback.”

Missouri’s Michael Sam — the SEC defensive player of the year and the first openly gay player in the NFL — was the 249th pick in the league’s 2014 draft.

Now you’ll never convince me there were 248 better college players… and better NFL prospects… in that draft. Two-hundred and forty-eight better than the SEC’s defensive player of the year? There’s just no way.


His prior gone-viral commentary:

Local Dallas sportscaster Dale Hansen on Michael Sam being openly gay. (Video)

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