Michael Sam fighting to get back in football
TEMPE, Ariz. – The fire for the NFL burns bright inside Michael Sam.
“Absolutely. As long as I still have that will, as long as I’m still healthy and can play this game, you will continue to see me fight to get into this league,” Sam said.
Sam was the marquee name at the NFL Veterans Combine, which took place at the Arizona Cardinals’ Tempe facility on Sunday. The Combine gave Sam – and others – a chance to perform timed drills in front of scouts from all 32 NFL teams.
Sam’s been working with Jay Glazer out in California to get in shape, and hopefully get another shot to get back on an NFL roster. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft and was cut at the end of training camp. Sam was then picked up by the Dallas Cowboys and subsequently waived.
Although his time with the Rams and Cowboys was short, Sam took a lot away from those experiences.
“I learned from the guys, learned from the vets: [Rams defensive ends] Chris Long, [and] Robert Quinn and some of the guys at the [Dallas] Cowboys. Those guys taught me a lot,” Sam said. “I used that today and hopefully when I get back on another team I can use what they taught me to better my career.”
Sam hasn’t changed much in his approach to the game other than staying in shape and applying what he learned from the veterans to his daily walk.
“I’m still the same old me, nothing’s changed about me,” Sam said. “I’ve improved my fundamentals I believe. This is the pros, it’s not college anymore.”
Sam says he hasn’t gotten any feedback from teams since he finished the drills, but he’s going to continue to fight the good fight until a team decides to give him a call. He’s not ruling out playing in the CFL either, if that’s the route he has to take to get back in football.
“I am very confident that I will be playing football this year somewhere,” Sam said. “If the Rams or Cowboys want me back, I will go there first flight out.”
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