Paula Deen Compares Herself to NFL Prospect Michael Sam – ABC News

ABC NewsPaula Deen is “fighting to get my name back” and in the process has compared herself to someone else grabbing headlines. “I feel like ’embattled’ or ‘disgraced’ will always…

Mizzou’s Michael Sam gets put to the test at NFL Combine – Kansas City Star

Kansas City StarINDIANAPOLIS — Nearly two weeks to the day after he rocketed into public consciousness by announcing he is gay, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam finally got a chance…

After all the hype, NFL prospect Michael Sam’s combine performance was … – Yahoo Canada Sports (blog)

Yahoo Canada Sports (blog)Former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam previously said he wanted to be judged only by his athletic performance, not his sexual orientation. If that is the case,…

Sam fails to impress on the field at Combine – New York Daily News

New York Daily NewsMichael Sam — who is hoping to become the first openly gay player in NFL history — made a good impression during his media press conference on…

NFL: Sam fails to impress at Combine – SouthCoastToday.com

SouthCoastToday.comINDIANAPOLIS — Nearly two weeks to the day after he rocketed into public consciousness by announcing he is gay, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam finally got a chance at the…

Michael Sam hopes to get past ‘gay’ label and just play football – SI.com

SI.comMake no mistake, there is not yet consensus within the NFL on Sam’s skill level or if he has enough size and potential to warrant a draft slot or a…

Stephen Holder: Michael Sam handles Combine media session flawlessly – Indianapolis Star

Indianapolis StarIt was difficult to tell which shined brighter Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium: the hot lights of the many cameras poin… Loading… Post to Facebook. Stephen Holder: Michael Sam…

Michael Sam seizes moment at combine – ESPN (blog)

ESPN (blog)But when Michael Sam, the NFL’s first openly gay draft hopeful stood before a huge array of cameras, digital recorders and smartphones sending his image to Twitter on Saturday…

NFL: Michael Sam wants focus to return to field – San Jose Mercury News

San Jose Mercury NewsMichael Sam, who is hopeful of being the first openly gay player in the NFL, says he has another goal that he hopes to accomplish. “I just…

Michael Sam mentions ex-Giants star Michael Strahan in press conference – The Star-Ledger

The Star-LedgerThe door was left wide open. Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL Draft prospect, could have gone in any direction when asked Saturday about players…

NFL Scouting Combine Day 3 recap: Michael Sam’s day and Khalil Mack’s … – SB Nation

SB NationINDIANAPOLIS – Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium was Michael Sam Day. The media that crowded around Sam was a larger group than the one…

Michael Sam ready to just play football in NFL – Boston Globe

Boston GlobePat Lovell/USA Today. “I just wish you guys would just see me as Michael Sam the football player, instead of Michael Sam the gay football player,” Sam said Saturday.…

Michael Sam shows a healthy edge at NFL news conference – USA TODAY

USA TODAYINDIANAPOLIS – One thing was rather apparent as Michael Sam held his first news conference as an openly gay draft prospect on Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine. He…

Cleveland Browns notes: Mike Pettine lauds Michael Sam – News-Herald.com

News-Herald.comBrowns coach Mike Pettine supports Sam’s decision to announce his sexuality. “I just think in today’s culture … I applaud what he did,” Pettine said. “In the NFL, it’s a…

2014 NFL combine: Michael Sam stands tall at scouting combine – CBSSports.com

CBSSports.comINDIANAPOLIS — Michael Sam is a proud gay man. For four days at the NFL combine this week, he’s primarily identified as DL42, the league-assigned number to one of the…

Michael Sam: I’d be excited to join Miami Dolphins – NFL.com

NFL.com“If the Miami Dolphins drafted me I will be excited to be a part of that organization, but I’m not thinking about going into that environment,” he said. “I know…

2014 NFL combine: Jadeveon Clowney passes first test at weigh-in – CBSSports.com

CBSSports.comWhile the buzz in Indianapolis remains centered on Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, the best player in the 2014 draft — South Carolina pass…

Michael Sam’s marketing power is real—just not until draft day – SportingNews.com

SportingNews.comWith Michael Sam announcing himself as gay ahead of the 2014 NFL Draft, sports marketers are weighing in on whether brands might align with the 2013 SEC Co-Defensive Player of…

Passel of predictions for NFL combine – San Francisco Chronicle

Passel of predictions for NFL combineSan Francisco ChronicleThe NFL combine begins in a few days. Or, as I call it: the annual Fulfillment of Preconceived Notions. I predict at this…

NFL draft prospect Johnny Manziel says he is 6-feet tall, following in Russell … – Yahoo Sports (blog)

Yahoo Sports (blog)NFL draft prospect Johnny Manziel does not have the ideal height of an NFL quarterback. However, Manziel has the perfect attitude for a short quarterback prior the NFL…

Poll: Large majority of NFL players would be OK with gay teammate – FOXSports.com

FOXSports.comSince former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam announced he was gay — creating the gateway for him to become NFL’s first openly gay player — there has been a significant…

Cam Newton: I won’t hold out – ESPN

ESPNCam Newton doesn’t plan to pressure the Carolina Panthers into a long-term contact. Newton is eligible for an extension of his original four-year deal under the new collective bargaining agreement.…

President Obama applauds Michael Sam’s decision – NFL.com

NFL.com“I really like the fact that Michael did it before the draft, because his attitude was, ‘You know what? I know who I am. I know I can play great…

Obama praises Michael Sam for announcement before NFL Draft – CBSSports.com

CBSSports.comOther than several anonymous NFL types suggesting that the league isn’t ready for an openly gay player, and that Sam may have hurt his draft position with his announcement, the…

NFL Draft 2014: Michael Sam compared to Elvis Dumervil and Robert Mathis – FanSided

FanSidedLeading up to the 2014 NFL Draft, one of the most discussed prospects will be Missouri Tigers defensive end Michael Sam. Since Sam came out as openly gay last weekend,…

Super Bowl MVP explains his “bigotry” tweet – NBCSports.com

NBCSports.comLast Sunday night, after former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam came out as gay, Super Bowl XLVIII MVP Malcolm Smith made this observation, via Twitter: “There is no room for…

Like Wilf, Spielman backs Sam; GM gives vote of support to Priefer – Rick Kupchella’s BringMeTheNews

Rick Kupchella’s BringMeTheNewsVikings general manager Rick Spielman’s comments on Christian Ponder aren’t the only thing he said that’s making headlines Friday. Spielman chimed in on Michael Sam, the Missouri defensive…

Michael Sam: Studying the Game Tape – The MMQB

The MMQBSeveral hours, 12 games and 922 Missouri defensive snaps later (I couldn’t get my hands on the Indiana and Kentucky games), I feel I have a firm grasp on…

Scouting the 2014 NFL Draft: The 3-4, the 4-3, and the ‘tweener’ – SB Nation

Scouting the 2014 NFL Draft: The 3-4, the 4-3, and the ‘tweener’SB NationWith Michael Sam’s brave decision to come out as gay in the run-up to the 2014 NFL Draft,…

Watch This Dallas Sportscaster’s Awesome Response to the Homophobia … – BillMoyers.com

BillMoyers.comIn the clip below — which has gone viral — veteran Dallas sports anchor Dale Hansen lashes out at the hypocrisy of unnamed NFL personnel who say that college football…

WFAA-TV’s Dale Hansen shocked, stunned Michael Sam commentary went viral – Dallas Morning News

Dallas Morning NewsHansen, a Dallas-Fort Worth television staple since arriving at KDFW (Channel 4) in the early 1980s, says it’s by far the most attention one of his segments has…

Andre Johnson: Houston Texans should trade No. 1 pick – NFL.com

NFL.comThis all appears headed in a certain direction, but the team’s longest-tenured player doesn’t believe Houston should keep the pick. “I have thought about different scenarios,” Johnson told KTRK-TV in…

So Michael Sam Is NFL’s Gay Player; Who Is His Boyfriend?

So Michael Sam Is NFL’s Gay Player; Who Is His Boyfriend? Michael Sam is making noise as the NFL’s first openly gay player – or about to be. So with…

Manziel again held in check as No. 19 Texas A&M falls at No. 5 Missouri (Top 25) – al.com

al.comTexas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, center, scrambles as Missouri defensive linemen Michael Sam, left, and Shane Ray defend during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday,…