The Dallas Cowboys are usually the talk of the town but it seems they’ve made the media headlines even more this off/preseason.
All the NFL’s media cameras are pointed at Jerry Jones and he loves it.
The recent ESPN article on Jones was a good read and was turned into an Outside the Lines special.
Jones and the Cowboys are all over the media.
While Jones is still talking about Johnny Football and what could’ve been, he made an even bigger promotional splash by signing Michael Sam, Defensive End, and most notably the first active openly gay football player to play in the NFL.
He will be signed to the practice squad pending a physical.
Many are asking themselves, is this Jerry being Jerry? Is this all a publicity stunt to get even more eyes on the Cowboys?
Undoubtedly this is a typical Jones move. He loves his Cowboys in the spotlight. And for good reason.
The Cowboys still sit atop the Forbes list of most valuable NFL teams ($3.2 billion) and they’re not going anywhere anytime soon.
Michael Sam will help out Jones with this statistic.
For a guy who hasn’t played a regular season NFL snap, his jersey sales were already 6th among all current players.
His popularity has sky-rocketed since he came out before the NFL draft and with a star next to his name he’ll sell even more jerseys.
But can he play though?
Honestly that’s left to be seen.
He could play in college. He was the SEC’s co-defensive player of the year in 2013 and showed a ton of potential.
But a lot of guys can play in college and it doesn’t translate to the NFL.
Which will Sam be?
Coming to the Dallas Cowboys should help him with his dream of playing in the NFL.
He comes into a situation where there’s not much talent in front of him.
The Cowboys were historically bad last season and were the 32nd ranked defense in the league. (dead last).
The team is looking for any help they can get.
So if he can play, he should be able to make the team no problem.
For Sam, the talent seems to be there but the distractions are there as well.
With him being the first openly gay player in the NFL, all eyes will be on him.
Will he be able to handle the pressure?
Not just the pressure of being a gay player in a straight sport, but the pressure of being a Cowboy.
Many guys can’t handle just the being a Cowboy part.
Sam has many hills to climb.
One day he could be a good player in this league.
But before we go crowning him the next best defensive end for the Cowboys, lets see if he can get off the practice squad first.
Thanks for reading.
Haha sorry Jerry but i had to..
(this pic of Dirk on the 2k12 cover is because this is what should’ve been. After the 2011 finals victory over the Heat, he should’ve been on the cover. Also it helps break up the articles on the main page. So get used to seeing it, it’s kind of my thing now.) 🙂