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There were undersized linemen just like Sam, chosen before Sam.

not happened, if Rams GM Les Snead and coach Jeff Fisher not decided to draft the prospect who made his mark across the state in Columbia, Mo., about 125 miles away, it may have been a long, long time before a person came out in the manner that Sam did.

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Why did Sam have to wait until a team used what is generally regarded as a throwaway pick?

And the NFL avoided some colossal PR damage control when the St. Louis Rams ended the suspense and selected Michael Sam the first openly gay prospect in NFL history with a seventh round pick in the 11th hour at Radio City Music Hall.

It was a bold step for the macho heavy NFL, and as the draft wound down it appeared that it would not happen, that the league would have to explain itself for a major embarrassment.

Minutes later, one of the huge video boards on the stage tuned in to ESPN displayed a larger than life image of Sam from his jubilant draft party. He embraced and kissed his boyfriend. Then they kissed again after Sam smooshed a piece of cake on his boyfriend's face similar to how newlyweds traditionally celebrate.

"We're mindful of the fact that there's going to be a peak in media attention. We're OK with that," Fisher said. "We'll have Nike Air Max Ultra Breathe Blue

Remember, sometimes it's all about image.

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"This is a football decision," Fisher said. "We are very, very comfortable with everything about him."

defensive end wasn't chosen until the 249th pick overall seven slots before Mr. Irrelevant was crowned as the last pick in the draft.

Yet amid all of the back slapping for the NFL, there's an essential question:

This was a moment that had to happen, eventually.

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It sure seems that Air Max Shoes 2014 Men way, no matter what we've heard about the NFL culture being progressive enough with the league advancing a Respect in the Workplace agenda to tolerate a player without regard to his sexual orientation.

He also made an apparent great sacrifice.

Sam was never anybody's first round draft pick. He's undersized for a defensive end at 6 2, 261, but it's not like he's a midget. He was stiff in the linebacker drills at the Senior Bowl and at the combine, but it's not like he can't play a lick of hard nosed football. His 40 yard dash times (4.79 seconds at the combine, 4.7 at his pro day) is, well, about a quarter second slower than Jadeveon Clowney's mark, but it's not like he hasn't shown good football instincts.

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Sam demonstrated great courage in revealing before the NFL scouting combine in February under the pressure of being outed that he was openly gay.

No doubt, history was witnessed at the NFL Draft as Mike Kensil, vice president of football operations, took to the podium and announced the pick to the sparse crowd that roared.

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NEW YORK All it took was one team, one pick.

Sam was co Defensive Player of the Year in the best conference in college football, but the former Missouri Nike Air Max Maroon And Black

There were punters and kickers chosen before a player who led the Southeastern Conference last season with 10 sacks and 18 tackles for loss. There were players from small schools who played against less accomplished competition, who were chosen before Sam.

a press conference, and then once we do that, we'll put it behind us."

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