Michael Sam, the first openly gay football player drafted into the NFL, has found a new place to play football -- Canada. The defensive end has signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, CBS reported Friday.
Montreal of the CFL is signing LB Michael Sam, according to a source. Sam, who is openly gay, spent time with STL and DAL previously
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The Alouettes confirmed the news soon after the CBS report. “With the signing of Michael Sam, we have become a better organization today,” said Alouettes general manager Jim Popp in a statement. “Not only have we added an outstanding football player, we have added even a better person who brings dignity, character and heart to our team.”
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“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,” Sam said in a statement. The Alouettes went 9-9 last season before losing in the Eastern division finals. The CFL preseason is scheduled to begin in early June.