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Dale Hansen is pissed that 248 players were chosen before Michael Sam

249th pick overall Michael Sam was drafted to the St. Louis Rams—but it should've happened sooner.


Michelle Jaworski

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Posted on May 13, 2014   Updated on May 31, 2021, 7:57 am CDT

People are still talking about Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL player, days after he was drafted to the St. Louis Rams, and once again the sole voice of reason belongs to a Dallas sports anchor.

It was a decision that people both applauded and hated, and WFAA’s Dale Hansen has plenty of criticism to air out on his “Dale Hansen Unplugged” segment. Only, uttering the same complains that many before him said, he took another angle: Sam was the 249th pick overall, but he couldn’t believe that 248 other players were better than Sam.

It’s possible that Sam may fail to perform in the NFL like many other college football players, but the SEC’s defensive player of the year should’ve been drafted a lot sooner than he was, as the second-to-last player picked.

“But Michael Sam has a chance now,” Hansen said. “That’s all he wants, that’s all he deserves. To deny him that would say more about the NFL and more about us than it would Michael Sam.”

H/T Uproxx | Photo via WFAA/YouTube

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*First Published: May 13, 2014, 1:56 pm CDT