Former Bear Ayanbadejo: Michael Sam is an NFL pioneer

Former Bear Ayanbadejo: Michael Sam is an NFL pioneer
February 10, 2014, 11:45 am
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CSN Staff

It seems almost everybody has a reaction to Michael Sam's announcement coming out as an openly gay player this weekend.

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But former Bears Pro Bowler Brendon Ayanbadejo's take at FOX Sports may be the most interesting.

Ayanbadejo is a well-publicized gay rights activist and got a chance to meet Sam recently and pass along some words of advice, telling the young pass rusher to just worry about playing football, not on stirring the pot.

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Ayanbadejo believes Sam is a pioneer for the NFL, a league that has never had an openly gay player and that "reaches headlines several times a year due to its lack of acceptance and inclusion of and from its players."

"For Michael Sam, he would like his life to be judged on sacks and not his sexuality. Only time will tell," Ayanbadejo writes.

Check out his full column at