Is the NFL Ready for an Openly Gay Player? Barrett Brooks Answers That Question on Monday
Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam is poised to become the NFL's first openly gay NFL player.
There have been gay players in the NFL before and there will continue to be in the future, but Sam will be the first openly gay NFL player.
Sam came out to multiple media outlets Sunday evening in an orchestrated announcement that will take the league by storm.
How will Sam be accepted in NFL circles?
Former Eagles and Steelers OL Barrett Brooks played in the NFL for more than a decade and has admittedly had homosexual teammates in his playing career.
Brooks joined Mike and Todd on a Monday Sportsbash to discuss the announcement from Michael Sam and how that will impact the NFL.
"It's going to be a circus, but Sam has earned the right to play in the NFL," Sam said.
Sam was projected as a mid-round draft pick being selected in the fourth or fifth round, but with his announcement it is uncertain how this will impact his draft status.
Either way Sam was a fifth year senior and SEC defensive player of the year, an award that has past winners including Patrick Peterson and Eric Berry.
Sam will surely be at the forefront at the NFL Combine later this month and weeks leading up to the NFL Draft in May.
LISTEN to Barrett Brooks Discuss Michael Sam: