We haven’t heard much from Michael Sam, the first openly gay person to play professional football, since his abrupt departure from the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes after just one game in August. In a conversation with “The Dan Patrick Show” about a month after leaving Montreal, he said he “never really wanted to go to the CFL” and “wasn’t getting better as a football player” up north, hence his departure.
But Sam also said he was still good enough to make an NFL team, and on Tuesday the 26-year-old defensive lineman answered a question on Twitter about if he planned on trying out this year:
I'm going to give it one more shot https://t.co/mxYcdgS5eB
— Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) January 27, 2016
The St. Louis Rams drafted Sam in the seventh round of the 2014 draft, and he played in the preseason before getting cut right before the regular season began. He then was picked up by the Dallas Cowboys and played on their practice squad until he was again cut about midway through the season. In March, he participated in the NFL’s first veteran combine but reportedly delivered an underwhelming performance at an event that is seen as something of a last resort for non-rookie players, leading to his abbreviated stint in Canada.