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Smith believes NFL players would respect Sam as an openly gay player

  • 3:43 pm Thursday, February 20th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

INDIANAPOLIS – Falcons coach Mike Smith, as head coach of the North team in the Senior Bowl, is an authority on defensive end/linebacker Michael Sam, who recently announced that he’s a gay football player.

Smith was asked about Sam the football player and how an openly gay player would fit in a NFL locker room.

“First and foremost, when you evaluate a football player, you evaluate them on what you see on the field,” Smith said on Thursday. “A player’s personal life is not something that you concern yourself with. You are evaluating the player.”

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  • 3:36 pm Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter