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Support for Sam from Missouri teammate

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 23, 2014 – 10:51 am

Missouri DE Michael Sam was the focus of attention at the NFL Scouting Combine Saturday, less than two weeks after his public announcement that he is gay.

And a Missouri Tigers teammate voiced his support for Sam when he took the podium in Indianapolis. DE Kony Ealy, regarded as the 2nd best defensive end in the draft (after Jadeveon Clowney) says he’d go to war with Michael Sam any day.

“A loving brother, he’s caring to the team,” is how Ealy described Sam at the combine. “He’s always singing, which gets on my nerves sometimes, but other than that, he’s just fun to be around, fun to play with. I know at the end of the day he’s gonna do his job. No other guy I’d rather go to war with.”

Ealy is a 6-5, 275 pound pass rush specialist who left Missouri early to enter the draft. He’s projected to be a mid-1st round pick in the May NFL draft.

He said he has little doubt that Michael Sam will be able to handle all the attention he’s getting since his dramatic announcement earlier this month.

“Like a professional,” he responded, when asked how Sam will deal with the scrutiny. “He’s not a college player anymore, he’s a professional and I expect him to handle it no other way, just go
in there and do his job and make plays.”

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Marrone says Michael Sam is “courageous”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 20, 2014 – 4:00 pm

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A week ago, the hot topic in the NFL was the announcement from Missouri LB Michael Sam that he is gay. And that announcement is expected to generate a media frenzy Saturday when Sam and the rest of the rookie linebackers meet the media at the NFL Scouting Combine.

On Thursday, Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone issued his first public comment on Sam’s pronouncement. Marrone talked to the Western New York media at the combine.

“I think it’s courageous of him to come out and say what he feels and I think people should do that,” he said. “It would be awful to not be able to say what you feel or what you believe.”

Marrone said like all the other draft prospects, Michael Sam’s NFL credibility will be judged on the field.

“When it comes down to the NFL, it always comes back to the same thing—can you perform well enough to help your team win. I think that’s what everyone gets evaluated on here.”

As far as the possible impact Sam might have in an NFL locker room, Marrone dismissed that as much of a factor in Buffalo.

“We have a great culture in our building, I think we have a great culture in our locker room,” he said. “I think our players are open to, as far as the organization, we’re open to bringing in anyone who can help better our football team, win games and help our community.”


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Hard hitting practice for the North

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 22, 2014 – 11:44 am

We”re midway through the practice week at the Senior Bowl and the pace is picking up. The Wednesday morning North session featured some hard hitting in the run game.
West Virginia RB Charles Sims continues to impress with his tough runs between the tackles. Toledo RB David Fluellen, the Lockport native, also picked up some tough yards inside
But the hitting was administered by the defense. Missouri’s Michael Sam has been a standout all week. He looks and plays like a prototypical NFL Mike LB. And Wisconsin’s Chris Borland has a knack for being in the right place at the right time. When we asked Borland what he can bring to an NFL team, he replied “intelligence and smarts.”. Who doesn’t want that?


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