Michael Sam Lands On GQ’s ‘Man Of The Year’ Cover, Is Vegas Next?
Usually, when the media closely follows a player's speculated next destination, it's because that player is really really good and everyone gets excited imagining how his skill set on a new team could change the landscape of the league.
With Michael Sam, we (the media) find ourselves clamoring for information as to whether there will even be a "next year" (because, after all, there wasn't even a "this year"). It's a strange position, to say the least. To most, it would appear as though the NFL well has damn near dried up for the Missouri product and former SEC Defensive Player of the Year. All GMs seem to see is a marginal talent who brings unneeded media attention to locker rooms rife with internal issues, of which NFL PR departments work day and night to keep under wraps.
He's just not worth the added exposure.
However, for Las Vegas' new Arena Football League owner and former Mötely Crüe lead singer, Michael Sam presents a vastly different opportunity. Where NFL execs see trouble, Vince Neil sees dollar signs. Michael Sam is the media circus an expansion franchise in Las Vegas -- run by a rock star no less -- could parlay into the kind of media attention that instantly turns them into the Dallas Cowboys of the Arena Football League. The AFL is starved for attention -- good, bad or indifferent.
Case and point: Without having played so much as a snap of NFL football -- all the while proving he has a reliable work ethic and football instincts on the practice field -- Michael Sam will be on 2014's "Man Of The Year" GQ cover.
Neil plans to make Sam an offer sometime this week.
— Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) November 17, 2014
By agreeing to play in the Arena League, Sam is basically deciding to forego the NFL in 2015, as the AFL season bumps up against the start of NFL training camps. On one hand, Sam would be able to come into camp with a more developed set of skills, but he also runs the risk of accumulating injuries and general fatigue over the course of the AFL's 20 week season (not including the playoffs). Also, he'd have to sign a one-year contract and play extremely well in an augmented version of the sport he's used to playing.
No word on whether he'd accept any offer to play for the Outlaws (Vegas' team name), though we think he'd be crazy not to at least consider it.
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