Michael Sam : Former NFL player to play for Montreal Alouettes

Michael Sam : Former NFL player to play for Montreal Alouettes

Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team, will play for the Montreal Alouettes this season.

“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 Friday on the Alouettes website.

Sam was previously with the St. Louis Rams, who drafted him out of Missouri in the seventh round of the 2014 draft, and Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys added Sam to their practice squad when he was waived during final roster cuts.

Sam had three sacks in the 2014 preseason with the Rams, who have a defensive line comprised entirely of first-round draft picks. He had 11.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss with the Tigers as a senior.

“With the signing of Michael Sam, we have become a better organization today,” Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said on the team website. “Not only have we added an outstanding football player, we have added even a better person that brings dignity, character, and heart to our team.”

Sam’s contract includes a team option for 2016.

Sam, 25, was co-defensive player of the year in the Southeastern Conference in 2013.

Two months after the season ended, Sam announced he was gay.