Galveston native Michael Sam's quest to become the first openly gay player in the NFL won't continue with the Dallas Cowboys, who cut the defensive lineman on Tuesday.
The All-American lineman from the SEC came home to Texas and joined the Cowboys on Sept. 3 after he was cut by the St. Louis Rams. The Rams picked Sam late in the 2014 draft.
Sam reacted with a series of tweets.
I want to thank the Jones family and the entire Cowboys organization for this opportunity, as well as my friends, family, teammates, (1/3)— Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) October 21, 2014
and fans for their support. While this is disappointing, I will take the lessons I learned here in Dallas and continue to fight for an (2/3)— Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) October 21, 2014
opportunity to prove that I can play every Sunday. (3/3)— Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) October 21, 2014
Sam being dropped from the squad comes days after Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Sam blended well with the team and that his being gay was "a dead issue." Except for South Carolina Gamecocks fans, who can now put away their offensively funny "College GameDay" signs.