Michael Sam Steps Away From Football, Cites Mental Health
Openly gay professional football player Michael Sam has left the Montreal Alouettes for personal reasons.By Matt Picht | August 14, 2015
Michael Sam, the first openly gay football player drafted by an NFL team, says he's stepping away from football after a difficult year.
The former Missouri defensive lineman tweeted Friday, "The last 12 months have been very difficult for me, to the point where I became concerned with my mental health. Because of this I am going to step away from the game at this time."
It's been just over a year since Sam made his professional NFL debut in a preseason game playing for the St. Louis Rams. He's been dropped from two NFL teams since then, eventually signing a two-year deal to play in the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes.