After leaving the Montreal Alouettes’ training camp
and sitting out the team's first five matches, American football star Michael Sam made his professional football debut in the Canadian Football League yesterday night.
Sam, 25, was the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team, but was cut by the St. Louis Rams before the regular season commenced. He signed a two-year deal with the Alouettes this summer and has now become the first openly gay player in the history of the CFL.
Fox Sports reported
Sam as saying, “I’m not going to lie, there were some big jitters out there and I was nervous when I first got on the field. I didn’t get any opportunities to make many plays. I had some good pass rushes, I thought, but close enough is not a sack.”
Sam played sparingly and the Alouettes lost yesterday’s match to the Ottawa Redblacks, but hopefully he'll get more opportunities to bring his A-game to the pitch.