Now, this doesn't negate that there are now, and have always been, gay men playing in the league, since its inception. The distinction? Whether by managerial fiat, cajoling or some other pressure, those men remained in the closet fir the entirety of their professional careers.
Shock, Relief, Joy, Gratitude, and Love! Things any of us would feel as well!
Is it a big deal?
It depends on whom you ask... or who you ARE!
For some of the "old-heads" in the fan base, it's the end of civilization as they know it! Never mind that there were same-gender-loving men on the field, and in the locker rooms around the league for a century! THEY would just rather not TALK about it!
Here's what I know: Choosing to remain silent about the squall line, don't mean there ain't gonna be no CHOP! SILENCE, doesn't trim the mainsail. It doesn't weigh an anchor. Silence doesn't calm rough seas!
So What's Next?
There is no denying that young Mister Sam had rather a disappointing Combine performance, but his new team, evidently, focused only on his POTENTIAL!
So he's a little slow in the sprints? So he isn't Hercules in the lifting measures. But he's an affable, self-possessed, qualified, workhorse--- with a track record! I believe that, whatever his current deficiencies, he's teachable, trainable and eager! The ultimate CTFU to the sports world will likely arrive with the Super Bowl "W" he, perhaps, helps his new team to win.
"Well ain't THIS about a MUGGFUGGAH!?!?!?!"
"But, DOOD!?! HE GAY MAYNE!"
I, for one, think that it's far better for a team to NOT have a player living in fear of being "FOUND OUT", or outed. A player that walks in in truth, and is comfortable in his skin, is a far greater asset to the franchise, because he can focus on the job! The job for which he was hired to perform.
He's young, has much room to improve and grow. He's also got a long career ahead of him... Provided the league has his back. The kid wants to play ball. He's EARNED the privilege, much to the chagrin of the haters and naysayers. They'd do well to get beyond it, and to support their team! Support the sport, and support their favorite teams.
Halfway through season, it's going to be a non issue. And it is, apparently, only moments from becoming fait accompli!
I'm a pretty big guy, and at an audition for a part in La Cage aux Folles, the turdish director looked at me, as I entered the theatre, and the monitor kind of mentioned my size, and how "wrong" I was for the role.
The director, after a CLEARLY FRUSTRATING day of attempting to cast the role said (SCREAMED): "I don't give a fuck! Can he hit the fucking NOTES!!!?!?!?"
I could. I did. I passed. The point being? Can Sam play the fecking SPORT!? Then let him play the damned game.
Cue the angry, jaded, bitter, hateful, time-warped, fossils and relics of inequality and bigotry in 5. 4. 3. 2...
I wish for Mr. Sam, the following:
- That he relish this opportunity to make his wildest, fondest, dream come true.
- That he be intelligent with his money, throughout his career. Footballers get what... like five years tops?
- That he live up to the honor bestowed upon him, and remain humble in its attainment and fulfillment.
- And then, at the end of the day, that this team mate, is just as good, and respected, and valuable, and successful as any other!
- That who he loves, simply doesn't matter!