Why Michael Sam Believes He Isn't On an NFL Team

Aired on 12/27/2014 | CC
An All-American at the University of Missouri and Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Michael Sam became the first openly gay player to be drafted into the National Football League in May 2014. He was picked up by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the draft but cut at the end of training camp. Then, Michael was chosen to be a part of the Dallas Cowboys practice squad and released from that team as well. "Do you think now that the reason why you are not with a team is because you weren't good enough to play?" Oprah asks Michael. "Or because you are gay?"

"I don't like to think that way," Michael says. "But I do believe I'm a very talented football player and I'm going to continue on working hard and trying to get that opportunity to play in the league."

In the video above, Michael explains why he accepted being cut from both teams as business, opens up about how long he's willing to hold on to his NFL dream and shares why he thinks "good things are on the horizon."

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