NFL, Meet the Modern World

Michael Sam made admittedly belated history Saturday when the St. Louis Rams picked him in the 2014 NFL draft, thus making him the first openly gay player to be drafted into the league. The Missouri defensive end was the 249th choice in the seventh round - late given his creds, some argue - suggesting the NFL still has a long way to go on their stance that a gay player poses "distractions" to a proudly sexist, racist, homophobic and brutal sport, which at this point in time would likely benefit from them. The Nation's Dave Zirin has more on that need in light of Sam's admirable insistence on controlling his narrative. Poignant video of Sam getting the call surrounded by his family, friends and sweetheart, just - NFLers take note - like everyone else.


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