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ST. LOUIS – Michael Sam survived the first round of cuts made by the St. Louis Rams today, ensuring one final preseason game for the National Football League’s first openly gay draftee to make the team’s roster.

 

“Michael's got a great shot to make this team,” said Cyd Zeigler, co-founder of Outsports, the world’s leading gay sports publication. “The Rams drafted him to see what he's got. What they've seen is a guy with a high motor who doesn't quit, and who's battled against adversity and pressure to play at a high level in the preseason.”

 

“That sack of Johnny Manziel was a huge statement,” Zeigler continued. “Not just because of Manziel's big name, but because of how explosive Michael was in executing the sack. The Rams want to keep him.”

 

Sam, the former Mizzou Tiger and SEC Defensive Player of the Year, is vying to become the first openly gay player in NFL history.

 

“If he does get cut, it will be because of the numbers game the Rams and every NFL team has to play,” Zeigler said. “They can only keep so many defensive ends and they already have four ahead of him on the depth chart. If the Rams cut him, it won't be because of homophobia. But if every other NFL team passes on him again and he clears waivers, homophobia will have played a big role in that.”

 

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The Rams final preseason game is Thursday against the Miami Dolphins.

 

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