As the NFL world continues to react to the brave announcement from former Missouri Tigers standout Michael Sam just two weeks before the NFL Scouting Combine, Denver Broncos executive V.P. of football operations John Elway was the latest to give his thoughts on the situation.
Elway applauded Sam for coming out as a homosexual athlete and says that his sexuality will not play into the Broncos evaluation.
“I applaud Michael Sam and wish him the very best as he continues the pursuit of his NFL dream,” Elway said in a statement released by the team. “As we look toward the Combine and draft, we will evaluate Michael just like any other draft prospect — on the basis of his ability, character and NFL potential. His announcement will have no effect on how we see him as a football player.”
As for how Sam’s sexual preference will be received in a locker room, Elway believes that it is Sam’s character that will have a bigger impact than anything.
“Having spent 16 years in an NFL locker room, the bottom line is that it’s about treating others with respect and earning that respect,” Elway added. “By all indications, it appears Michael has done just that throughout his football career.”
Judging by the support and respect he received from his teammates at Missouri, it is safe to say that Sam is a player who teammates will have no time getting along with.