Michael Sam the first openly gay football player to be drafted by the NFL, has been cut by the St Louis Rams. He was released earlier today in the final round of cuts and just missed making the team’s 53-man roster.
But all is not lost however. Sam could still make team. The LA Times reports that in order to place him on their practice squad, they would need to put him on the waiver wire for a day, thus making him available to the league’s other 31 teams.
“The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I’ve always known,” he wrote on Twitter. “The journey continues.”
Rams Coach Jeff Fisher gave props to Sam for his work ethic.
“He’s not about drawing attention to himself,” Fisher said during a news conference following the roster cuts. “He kept his head down and worked, and you can’t ask anything more out of any player for that matter.”
In four exhibition games, Sam compiled 11 tackles and three sacks.
“I believe he can play in this league,” Rams Coach Jeff Fisher said.