Comments on: Column: Michael Sam’s Saga it's like being there Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:56:38 +0000 hourly 1 By: Jack Eaton Jack Eaton Wed, 28 May 2014 14:34:39 +0000 The author notes that “the average career for an NFL player is about three years.” While I wish Michael Sam a longer than average and spectacular career, I think his coming out will be more important than anything he might accomplish on the field.

I am astounded by how quickly the idea of gay and lesbian equality has been generally accepted. Just a few decades ago, I would not have believed that we would see marriage equity in my life.

If you think about it, the acceptance of gays and lesbians is attributable to those who were brave enough to come out when it was not so acceptable or even safe to do so. I think many straight people were able to face issues of equality once they realized how many friends, family members and colleagues were gay and lesbian. Surprise, the gay agenda consists of the desire to enjoy life free of harassment and discrimination.

While Michael Sam may end up being a great profession football player, his real impact will be on young players who are currently hiding who they are and tolerating bigoted anti-gay slurs in locker rooms everywhere. Someone had to be the first, but he won’t be the last. I think history will show that to be more important than how he plays the game.