Nov 10, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; A detail of a Dallas Cowboys helmet prior to a game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Tony Dorsett on openly gay NFL player: 'Never thought it would happen

Former Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett acknowledged Missouri Tigers defensive end Michael Sam’s courage for coming out. He also expressed a bit of shock thinking that it would never happen.

“I respect his courage to come out like that,” Dorsett told The Afternoon Show with Cowlishaw and Mosley on 103.3 [KESN-FM], via the Dallas Morning News. “I never thought it would happen. I never thought a football player would step up to the plate.”

Dorsett also said that he didn’t know if the NFL was ready for this.

“I appreciate his courage,” Dorsett added. “I can appreciate his courage for stepping up like that and doing it, but I don’t know, man. I don’t know if the NFL is ready for this. They’ll say they are but I don’t know if they’re quite ready for it.”

Many football teams have expressed a readiness to deal with it if he was in the locker room. Arguably some teams are more prepared than others.

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  • JoeDaBeast

    Most fans are dumb wannabes and since they are not in the league, they want to talk crap about anything that makes a player different. No matter what teams say in front of the camera or behind a radio mic, players will eventually accept a player if they put the work in. It was not too long ago that a black player couldn’t be with a white woman, and even though it is “acceptable” now, there will be players and fans that will make a problem with it, and make that problem known.