NFL.com: Mizzou DE Sam 'comes out,' tests NFL's tolerance limits I like Michael Sam as a person and as a DE for Mizzou these last four years. I came to know of him first as a football player and then as a student athlete who does massive amounts of charity work in and around Columbia. It surprised me when he made his "outing" Sunday, but my reaction was less surprising to me: It didn't make any difference to me. I've always made the commitment to show them love and share the gospel when given the opportunity. Sam makes it possible to see them more than a victim of their own error. He is a highly intelligent, very talented young man. What did surprise me was the reaction of several mock draft preparers. Many of them dropped him out of his long-time projection as a late second- to early fourth-round selection,, some by as many as 70 spots on their boards. Because he's gay? How does that make him a less talented DE? Obviously, it doesn't. More importantly, how does it reflect on the NFL's attitude toward gays? It seems those mock drafters believe Sam will be a distraction for any team that selects him. Well, I'd say that goes without saying. Sam is taking a great risk in making his sexual preference known. Did he need to do that? Debatable. If we think there aren't "unknown" gay men in pro sports locker rooms all over the U.S., we're being naïve. They've kept it hidden, though undoubtedly a few of their trusted teammates know. Why wouldn't Sam just join the crowd in the closet? I find I can't answer that question, and no one is going to ask it publicly, because it isn't "politically correct." What are your thoughts?