Michael Sam wants to play in the NFL in 2016
Michael Sam left the CFL last month for good after previously taking a short leave of absence from the Montreal Alouettes. While his playing career in Canada may be over, Sam has not given up on the NFL dream.
In an interview with ABC 17 News in Missouri on Wednesday, Sam said he is planning on making an NFL roster in 2016. But in the meantime, he has returned to Columbia to try to launch a career in media.
“It’s been a roller coaster,” Sam said. “I’ve been trying to figure out what’s next in my life. I’ve just come to a conclusion, as I take this break from football, I want to focus on my media training to try to get into broadcasting and commentating.”
Sam is currently working on getting his masters at the University of Missouri. He said he recently let go of his agents and publicist so he can focus on his media training and continue to pursue an NFL career. In other words, there will likely be no more “Dancing With the Stars” appearances or work done with Oprah in the near future.
When you see the reason Sam gave for stepping away from the CFL, you have to wonder if he will be able to cope with the grind of the NFL — especially as someone who was already cut by two different teams and never made a regular season roster. He is definitely facing an uphill battle.