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Michael Sam Says He's 'Confident' He'll Be Playing Football Somewhere This Year: VIDEO

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Michael Sam says he's confident he'll be playing professional football somewhere this year — whether it's in the NFL or the Canadian Football League.

After a somewhat disappointing performance at the NFL's Veteran Combine on Sunday, Sam was swarmed by the media. 

ESPN reports:  

"As long as I still have that will, as long as I'm still healthy and can play this game, you will continue to see me fighting to get in this league," he said. ... 

"I am very confident that I will be playing football this year somewhere," Sam said. "So we'll leave that at that."

Sam was asked to clarify if the CFL was still an option. "If that's an opportunity, then I will take it," he said.

Cyd Zeigler at OutSports reports that no one asked Sam about being gay — which Zeigler says is a sign of progress. One reporter did ask about Sam's appearance on Dancing with the Stars — to which Sam replied, "Next question."

Sam's time in the 40-yard dash on Sunday was less-than-stellar, at 5.07 seconds, but he's never been known for his speed. 

Sam became the first openly gay player to appear in an NFL game last year, after he was drafted by the St. Louis Rams and before being cut. Sam later joined the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad before being cut again. 

Some have speculated that Sam — the former SEC co-defensive player of the year — isn't on an NFL team because he's gay. 

Hopefully, an NFL team will sign him again and give him another chance to prove himself in the preseason. 

But if not, or if he gets cut again, it sounds like Sam will be playing in the CFL. And if he becomes a star north of the border, questions about why he's not on an NFL team will become even more difficult for coaches and general managers to answer.  

Watch ESPN's report, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Michael Sam's Bootylicious Debut on 'Dancing with the Stars' Has the Judges Raving About His Rear: VIDEO

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Michael Sam made his dancing debut alongside Peta Murgatroyd on the season opener of Dancing with the Stars this week, and while the judges had some critiques of Sam's footwork, there was unanimous approval of his impressive behind.

"That butt was a work of art," raved judge Bruno Tonioli. "Michelangelo's 'David' has nothing on you."

Watch Sam's derrière sway to the groove of "Uptown Funk" AFTER THE JUMP...

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Michael Sam: I Put My Hand Above Vito's Butt 'and the Rest Was History' — VIDEO

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NFL free agent and Dancing with the Stars contestant Michael Sam gave a fascinating and forthcoming talk last week at Quinnipiac University about a variety of topics, including his fiancé Vito Cammisano, speaking about how the couple met:

SamSam told the crowd (7:30 in clip AFTER THE JUMP) that he met Vito at a Playboy bunny party at the University of Missouri and their first meeting was not the greatest. Sam said that at the party he saw two students who were "hammered" on the patio of the house where the party was at and went to see if they were okay. The first one he spoke to was Vito, who snapped at him, and said, "Get the ef away from me....do you know who I am?"

Sam thought angrily to himself, "I don't care who the hell you are."

Sam didn't talk to Vito for two years after the exchange, and actively disliked him. But one night at a bar when friends were encouraging them to get along, Sam says he placed his hand above Vito's butt "and after that...the rest is history."

They later broke up, Vito graduated, and they got back together after Sam found himself comfortable to come out, and Vito helped get him there.

Sam added that he is now sometimes criticized for dating a white guy:

“My fiance gave me the strength [to come out]. The challenge I get now is, why are you not dating a gay black guy? Why are you dating a white guy? Why would I do that? Why would I leave someone I fell in love with and have been through so many challenges with.”

Sam also spoke about stereotypes, coming out, and other gay players in the NFL:

"I'm not the only in the NFL that is gay. I'm just the only one that is out."

He talked about Dancing with the Stars and the upcoming Veteran Combine:

“I thought I did enough in the preseason (last season), but apparently it wasn’t enough. I just have to work harder. I’m certain, whatever league I’m playing in, that I’m going to be playing football somewhere next year...I’ve fought adversity all my life. It helped me become me.”

Watch the full talk, AFTER THE JUMP...

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NFL Free Agent Michael Sam Invited to Veteran Combine, Says He's 'Getting the Hang' of Dancing: VIDEO

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NFL free agent defensive end Michael Sam has been invited to the first-ever veteran combine, ESPN reports:

The veteran combine will be held March 22 in Tempe, Arizona, less than a week after Sam is set to start competing on the latest season of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," which starts March 16.

Sam was chosen last year in the seventh round of the draft by the St. Louis Rams but the team released him before the season began. He was later signed to the Dallas Cowboys practice squad but then waived.

The Veteran Combine is similar to the one held for potential draftees but it is for current NFL free agents like Sam.

Following the announcement this week that Sam would compete on Dancing With The Stars, he released a statement on Twitter:

Very excited to be a part of @DancingABC. Football remains my unquestioned number 1 priority, however, while I continue to train and stay ready, I am ecstatic to participate in a fun, athletic competition like so many players before me have done. Filming this offseason is very flexible and allows me to be part of the veterans combine 3/22 if accepted or any other workouts. I’m looking forward to getting started with @PetaMurgatroyd and winning! Thanks for the support! #TeamSambatroyd

Paparazzi stationed outside Dancing With The Stars rehearsals caught up with Sam this week as he arrived to rehearsals with fiancé Vito Cammisano in tow, and asked him which was tougher, dancing or the combine.

"Both," he replied.

They also asked if he has nailed his first dance yet:

"I think it's a secret right now. It's different from football. Peta's (Murgatroyd, his partner) doing a great job. She's bearing with me. It's different than football, clearly. But I'm getting the hang of it. It's fun. Great workout."

And what kind of advice he had for gay kids nervous to come out.

"Be on your truth. On your truth."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Michael Sam Confirmed As 'Dancing With The Stars' Contestant, Will Vie For NFL Spot As Well

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NFL free agent and the league's first openly gay player to be drafted has confirmed reports that he will be joining the next season of Dancing With The Stars. Said Sam on Twitter,

Very excited to be a part of @DancingABC. Football remains my unquestioned number 1 priority, however, while I continue to train and stay ready, I am ecstatic to participate in a fun, athletic competition like so many players before me have done. Filming this offseason is very flexible and allows me to be part of the veterans combine 3/22 if accepted or any other workouts. I’m looking forward to getting started with @PetaMurgatroyd and winning! Thanks for the support! #TeamSambatroyd

Sam's dancing partner Peta Murgatroyd tweeted her own excitement to work with Sam:

The official announcement from ABC came on Good Morning America Tuesday.

The International Business Times reports:

Sam, who was drafted by the St. Louis Rams but was cut before the start of last season, will join another athlete, Olympic gold medal gymnast Nastia Liuken, on the show. Past winners of the dance program include football stars Hines Ward, Emmitt Smith and Donald Driver.

The defensive end will be fighting to make a roster somewhere in the NFL, and will hope to get accepted into the first Veteran Free Agent Combine in March. Sam didn’t play in a regular season game last season. He was let go by the Rams during the final round of cuts after the preseason. He later joined the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad but was cut after seven weeks.

Sam is recently engaged to boyfriend Vito Cammisano, a face we can look forward to seeing in the audience in the DWTS ballroom.


Michael Sam Perplexes TMZ Cameraman with 'Game of Thrones' Wedding News: VIDEO

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NFL free agent Michael Sam and his fiancé Vito Cammisano arrived at LAX and were immediately confronted by an aggressive TMZ cameraman who began questioning them about their engagement and wedding date.

Sam was prepared though, and began giving the cameraman all the information he wanted. Unfortunately for the photog, he doesn't watch Game of Thrones.

Sam told the photog the couple was getting married in Westeros with Tyrion and Tywin Lannister, and is registered at King's Landing. He also told the photog the wedding date is April 17 (the premiere date for the show).

Said Sam: "Hopefully it will not be at the red wedding though. I will be very upset to be at the red wedding."

The photographer was mystified.

Replied Sam: "Maybe — gay people — you don't know our terminology."

Watch the genius exchange, AFTER THE JUMP...

Last night, TMZ reported that Sam had signed to compete on the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars.

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