The 2014 NFL Draft has come and gone, starting with the Houston Texans selecting Jadeveon Clowney and ending with the same Houston Texans drafting Lonnie Ballentine with number 256, making him this years infamous Mr. Irrelevant. (fansided) There were plenty of stories circling this year’s draft, teams filling needs, teams taking chances, even teams that were sending messages to players already on their roster that they need to get working or they could find themselves without a job sometime in the near future. (bleacherreport) With all of the shocking things about the draft this year, everything from the three “star” Quarterbacks from the SEC falling into the third day of the draft, players like Teddy Bridgewater and Louis Nix being around much later than they were expected to be available, and the New England Patriots landing a Quarterback of the future to sit behind Tom Brady, the draft didn’t disappoint in the realm of surprises, shockingly none of them came from the Oakland Raiders War Room this time around. (footballnation) All of these stories going on paled in comparison to one of the biggest stories in the history of the NFL, possibly the history of all sports, the drafting of Michael Sam. (nfl)
It took all the way into the seventh round of the draft but the St. Louis Rams decided to take a chance on the SEC co-defensive player of the year, Michael Sam. (abcnews) While the notion of taking a player who held the honor of being a co-player of the year in what’s considered by some to be the toughest conference in all of college football isn’t all that shocking, it’s actually almost a no-brainer, this player happens to be openly gay. (nfl) This was a history making selection, marking not only the first openly gay player in the National Football League, but also the first openly gay player to be eligible for, and subsequently selected in, the NFL Draft. (huffingtonpost) This is a massive moment in the history of the sport, of all sports, there was nothing more outstanding than the reaction video shot by ESPN of Michael Sam when the Rams called and informed him that he would be selected with the 249th pick. (espn) His selection in the draft was one huge step for all of humanity, now the next step is for Sam to get on the field with the Rams, work hard, and make the final roster. There are some who think he’ll fail to achieve this milestone, but I personally hope he does make the roster, I actually wanted him to be drafted by the Carolina Panthers, he’s an incredible player who will undoubtedly make an impact. (rantsports) In the words of so many other around the NFL, good luck and congratulations to Michael Sam, welcome to the League, now it’s time to get to work.