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Michael Sam Attends NFL Combine In Hopes Of Returning To NFL

Started from the bottom, now he’s still there…


Michael Sam’s first step to getting back in the NFL began Sunday morning under a hot Arizona sun.

The former seventh-round pick of the St. Louis Rams was one of 105 free agents to go through position-specific drills in front of scouts from all 32 teams at the NFL’s first veteran combine hosted at the Arizona Cardinals’ practice facility.

Or as Matt Birk, the NFL director of football development, who organized the veteran combined, said, they were “fighting for their football lives.”

Sam’s fastest 40-yard dash was 5.07 seconds unofficially. His initial attempt was clocked at 5.1 seconds, also unofficially. At the NFL scouting combine in 2014, he ran the 40 in 4.91 seconds.

Says Sam:

“As long as I still have that will, as long as I’m still healthy and can play this game, you will continue to see me fighting to get in this league,” he said…

“I am very confident that I will be playing football this year somewhere,” Sam said. “So we’ll leave that at that.”

Sam was asked to clarify if the CFL was still an option.

“If that’s an opportunity, then I will take it,” he said.

But he will play for whichever of the 32 NFL teams wants him.

“I’ll play for whoever,” Sam said. “If the Rams or Cowboys want me back I will go there [on the] first flight out.”

Good luck, bro.

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