Former Missouri star Michael Sam, who became the first publicly gay player to be drafted in the NFL in 2014, signed a two-year deal with the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes, the team announced Friday. Sam spent time with the St. Louis Rams and Dallas Cowboys last season but was unable to make the regular-season roster of either team, and his performance at the veteran combine in March didn’t help his draft stock. Sam will join a team that went 9-9 last season, and GM Jim Popp said that Sam makes the Alouettes “a better organization.”
“With the signing of Michael Sam, we have become a better organization today,” said Alouettes’ general manager, Jim Popp. “Not only have we added an outstanding football player, we have added even a better person that brings dignity, character, and heart to our team.”
In a statement provided by the team, Sam thanked owner Robert Wetenhall and the Alouettes coaching staff. The CFL pre-season begins June 8th, and Sam’s first game for the Alouettes could come on June 13th against the Ottawa Redblacks.
“I cannot wait to put on the pads, get back on the field and work hard each and every day with my teammates to bring a Grey Cup to the great fans here in Montreal.”