Monday, February 10, 2014

NCAA star comes out

From where I sit it looks like tolerance in the NFL is going to be tested...


We all knew this was coming. Now it's up to the pro teams to take a look and make a big decision. Specifically, if Sam fits with their defensive scheme. He's the SEC Defensive Player of the Year. He should be a great addition to either a defensive line or linebacking corps. Sure, there will be a circus that comes with picking him, but what's the reward? A great player. It was inevitable that a top athlete in a major sport would come out. It's also inevitable that he will be drafted. It might not be in the first round, but he will be drafted. That will be history making. Than comes the real work. Making the team. Assuredly, there will be complaints, comments, and hate sent Sam's way. But, once upon a time the same was done with black players. It took a brave team to sign Jackie Robinson. And a manager willing to play him. Once that happens it will only be a matter of time before it's a regular occurrence and nobody will care any more. But first will come the day when a coach has to summon his inner Leo Durocher speaking of Robinson joining the Dodgers, “I do not care if the guy is yellow or black, or if he has stripes like a fuckin' zebra. I'm the manager of this team, and I say he plays.”

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

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