News broke today that the first openly gay player to be drafted to the NFL, Michael Sam, will now be playing in the Canadian Football League. Sam has signed a two year rookie contract with the Montreal Alouettes, and there ain’t no shame in that. The CFL has long been regarded as a place where folks deemed “not quite good enough” for the NFL go, but frankly we’re pretty certain he’s better off. Montreal is beautiful, fun, extremely gay friendly and full of people very passionate about their sports teams. It gets a little cold and the salary probably is no where near NFL levels, but there is no contest between it and St. Louis (where Sam was cut last spring).
Interestingly, Sam follows in considerable footsteps by heading to the city: Jackie Robinson suited up for the now-defunct Montreal Royals before breaking baseball’s colour barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
“I cannot wait to put on the pads, get back on the field and work hard each and every day with my teammates to bring a Grey Cup to the great fans here in Montreal,” Sam said via a statement issued by the club.
Don’t forget all the gay strip clubs, Michael.