When the St. Louis Rams drafted former Missouri Tigers’ defensive end Michael Sam, he became the NFL’s first openly gay player.
Sam was an absolute monster for the Tigers in 2013. He made 48 tackles, including 11.5 sacks and helped lead the Tigers to an SEC East Title and a berth in the SEC Championship Game, where they fell to the Auburn Tigers. Sam was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year.
Sam played mostly in the second half of games in the 2014 preseason and performed well at times. That clearly wasn’t enough for the Rams, who released Sam over the weekend. Sam went on waivers but was not claimed and there has been talk he could wind up on a practice squad and the CFL has even reportedly tried to contact him.
However, the next time we see Sam on television, it may be in a wrestling ring.
During Monday night’s Raw, the WWE officially invited Sam to join them on their show next Monday. They also posted the message on their official twitter account.
— WWE (@WWE) September 2, 2014
The WWE reaching out to Sam is not surprising at all. Using athletes and celebrities to help promote and push their product has gone on for some time. If he does show up, he will be up against the first two Monday Night Football games of the year – the Detroit Lions will take on the New York Giants and the San Diego Chargers will battle the Arizona Cardinals.
Stay tuned to FanSided as we keep you up to date with the latest news throughout the first weekend of College Football, which comes to an end Monday night, and throughout the rest of the season. The pros will start their regular season on Thursday night when the world champion Seattle Seahawks host the Green Bay Packers and we’ll have everything you need to know about the NFL as well. We’ll also keep you updated on the world of wrestling.