(The Lyfe News) The Montreal Alouettes has officially signed defensive lineman Michael Sam, as he set to join the team for rookie camp next week. He signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes on Friday morning.
“I am very excited and proud to join the Montreal Alouettes and want to thank team Owner Robert Wetenhall, General Manager Jim Popp and Head Coach Tom Higgins for this opportunity,” declared the Alouettes’ newest member. “I cannot wait to put on the pads, get back on the field and work hard each and every day with my teammates to bring a Grey Cup to the great fans here in Montreal.”
If you’re not familiar with this dude, as a senior defensive end at the University of Missouri, Sam recorded 11.5 sacks and 21 tackles for a loss while playing in the ultra-competitive Southestern Conference. In 2013 he shared the conference’s defensive player of the year award with Alabama’s C.J. Mosley.
New CFL commissioner Jeffrey Orridge says Sam’s signing makes the league a leader in another frontier of diversity.
“Today is another indication of how open and progressive the CFL is,” Orridge said in a statement released by the league. “(It is) consistent with our rich and storied history.”
Not really going to get into him being openly gay, because it’s neither here nor there. Dude is a about his football. But beyond becoming the first openly gay player to participate in a regular season pro football game, Davis says Sam can emulate players like Warren Moon, Doug Flutie and Miami Dolphins Pro-Bowler Cameron Wake, who all resuscitated their careers in Canada before becoming NFL stars.
“Once the NFL gets a chance to see what Sam can do, he might not be here for long,” Davis says.