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Video: Former Packers Executive Discusses How Teams View Michael Sam

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Video: Former Packers Executive Discusses How Teams View Michael Sam

Former Green Bay Packers vice president Andrew Brandt talks to SI Now about how front offices across the NFL will view newly-outed gay player Michael Sam.

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L's picture

Andrew Brandt is absolutely right-on with his comments.

bleedsgreen's picture

There's a lot of realpolitik in this response and little to argue with. That said, I think there is space for a couple of quibbles.

1. He says that it's easy for the NFL to be supportive, but harder for _teams_ to be so. The Packers came right out and supported him yesterday (as have the Lions, Bears, Vikes ((go NFC North!) Pats, Ravens, Eagles, and Broncs)

2. In terms of intangibles, does this situation _only_ grade out as negative? As in: "he's a distraction, therefore same talent position player is a better choice"? Might a team think, "a distraction yes, but we know this guy can handle diversity, he's not afraid of pressure, and he seems to have a lot of character." Those might be positive intangibles.

Also, Wisconsinites can be proud of Troy Vincent who is playing a very positive role amongst NFL brass supporting Sam.

Finally, what would really be a game changer would be if this rookie would inspire some vet to come out in solidarity with him. Not holding my breath, but, it would be quite amazing.

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