Talk about hometown proud. Four days after he was released from the St. Louis Rams, Michael Sam was signed on Wednesday morning (September 3) to the Dallas Cowboys practice squad. And for Dallas native Demi Lovato the news could not have been any better.
Lovato was overjoyed that seventh-round pick Sam, 24, the first openly gay player selected in the NFL draft, was getting a second shot after his solid pre-season with a Rams team that, unfortunately for him, was stacked at his defensive line position.
Former NFL great and onetime Cowboy Deion Sanders also applauded the move.
He's stepped out from amongst the crowd of his colleagues and gave Michael Sam a opportunity to continue to play this game he loves. #TRUTH
— DeionSanders (@DeionSanders) September 3, 2014
— Desmond Purnell (@DesmondPurnell) September 3, 2014
“We just want to give him a chance to come in and help our football team,” coach Jason Garrett said in a press conference. “That’s where our attention is (football). What people say outside the organization is up to them.”
Any other team could pick Sam up off of the Cowboys’ practice squad if they agreed to sign him to their active 53-man roster for a minimum of four weeks. Sam is not expected to play in the Cowboys’ season opener on Sunday.