Michael Sam was released by the St. Louis Rams last week and was not signed to the team’s practice squad, meaning he is free to pursue a job elsewhere in the NFL. In the meantime, the former Missouri star has been invited to speak to WWE fans during next week’s edition of Monday Night Raw.
On Tuesday morning, WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon invited Sam to appear on Raw in a letter on WWE.com:
Exhibiting class and dignity rarely shown in professional sports, Michael Sam, WWE invites you to next Monday’s Raw to speak of your struggles to succeed, lessons you have learned along the way, the courage it takes to be yourself and the prospects of your continued journey.
You are a role model, who, by example, can encourage everyone to stand up and openly be themselves.
Sam has not yet responded to the invite, and he might be better off focusing on football and trying to convince a team to sign him instead of making public appearances at a WWE event. NFL stars like Chad Ochocinco and Michael Strahan have appeared on Raw, but that was after their careers were established. While Sam’s story is unique and certainly one worth sharing, his mind is probably on one thing only at the moment.