Fans’ orders for Sam’s jersey over the weekend were surpassed only by those for Cleveland Browns draftee Johnny Manziel. President Barack Obama sent along his congratulations to Sam, and the overwhelming majority of NFL players who proffered an opinion were positive and welcoming.
Sam may or not be good enough to make the Rams’ team. The careers of a lot of seventh-round players don’t survive training camp. But no matter what, he has proven that being openly gay is no longer the kiss of death in the National Football League … or in America.