Former St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL, isn’t giving up on his dream of playing in the NFL despite being cut.
“The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I’ve always known,” Sam tweeted. “The journey continues.”
Other NFL teams passed on Sam as the Sunday deadline expired.
“There was no distraction,” Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said via TMZ. “ Mike fit in very, very well, he was fun to be around. There was no issue there.”
A league source told ESPN that the Rams would like to give Sam a spot on their practice squad.
“I want to thank the entire Rams organization and the city of St. Louis for giving me this tremendous opportunity and allowing me to show I can play at this level,” Sam tweeted. “I look forward to continuing to build on the progress I made here toward a long and successful career.”
During the preseason, Sam made 11 tackles and three sacks.
In Thursday night’s preseason game against the Miami Dolphins, Sam had team a high six tackles.