Today the first openly gay NFL prospect made it known that he is who he is, and nothing will stop him from hiding behind societies dictations. SEC Defensive player of the year, Michael Sam told The New York Times in and interview that he would be openly gay in the NFL. ESPN Chicago reported that four anonymous NFL GM’s interviewed, stated that they would still like to draft the player (anonymous being the key statement). However one NFL GM made a bold, and well advised move this morning. The Bears very own, Phil Emery took to the media today to say the following
“Michael stated with great poise and confidence who he is as a person and football player, and I have tremendous respect for him in the way he conveyed his thoughts, and the courage it took to state them publicly,” Emery wrote the Sun-Times.
Emery chose to put his name to the statement of accepting openly gay players in the NFL and supported Michael Sam in doing so. Emery made it known that players on his team will not be judged by who they are, but by the performance and attitude they display on the field. How they do the job and carry themselves in a team environment, is what will dictate a roster spot. So to you Mr. Emery I say well done. In this day and age it should be applauded what Emery has chosen to do, and I hope more GM’s will follow his example.