Saluting Michael Sam
By: Connor Lenahan
I’ve been trying to figure out a way to word my reaction to the news about Michael Sam’s announcement tonight that he is gay for a while now. Sam just made football history. Thanks to his pedigree – first team All-American and SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 – Sam projects to become the first openly gay player in NFL history. This is a moment the world had been waiting on for years. The longer the wait the more you begin to think it’s not going to happen. Yet here we are. February 9th, 2014. Michael Sam changed the game.
Many pieces will be written in the next few hours about what Sam’s announcement means to the gay community, to the NFL, to the world, and everything in between. These pieces will be better and more accurately representative than anything I could write here. I don’t want to take away from this amazing landmark moment by speaking on the behalf of people I haven’t been given permission to represent. So that leaves me here as one person, just my reaction.
Frankly I’m speechless. I mean that in the best way possible. I can’t eloquently state my reaction as had as I try. Michael Sam is one of the bravest men on the planet. There’s no arguing that. I’m dying for the Seahawks to grab him. I’d love to have an incredible person like him on my team. But regardless of the NFL jersey he dons next season it will be sitting in my closet the second his name is called in May. He just changed football history. He’s a hero. He’s a part of a movement that will finally grant much deserved equality to many of my close friends. Tonight is a great night for the world. This is a day the world will remember for a long time.
I salute you Michael Sam and cannot wait to give you a standing ovation at every step of your career.
Connor Lenahan (@ConnorLenahan) is the founder and editor-in-chief of Connorlenahan.com. He is a freshman at Boston University, majoring in journalism. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org