One of the biggest stories of the 2014 National Football League Draft was that of Michael Sam, who was selected as the 249th overall pick by the St. Louis Rams. Sam has already made history by becoming the first potential NFL player to publicly identify himself as gay and will now be given an opportunity to earn a spot on an NFL roster.
After receiving a congratulatory phone call from President Obama and seeing his rookie jersey skyrocket to become the No. 2 best seller, it’s clear that Sam is the story only some have been waiting for. How will he be met in the locker room of a so-called “man’s-man” game? Read on as we break down some reactions from around the league.
1. Eli Manning, quarterback, New York Giants
After the Giants were rumored to be one of the four teams Sam might have signed with had he not been chosen by the Rams, Manning was asked by HuffPost Live about his impressions of Sam and how he might have been received by the team. “We have a great locker room, and I think the most important thing, the way I look at things, [is] you’re drafted a football player. That’s all we care about in the locker room,” said Manning. “Are you doing your job as a football player? What you do outside and in your personal life is up to you. If you come to work every day and you’re trying to help out the team, then whatever you’re doing in your personal life, it’s OK by us.”