May 16, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam (96) during rookie minicamp at Rams Park. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Dungy wouldn’t have taken Michael Sam in draft

Not necessarily San Francsico 49ers news, but an interesting story out of the NFC West nonetheless. In the 2014 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams selected Missouri Tigers defensive end Michael Sam late in the seventh round. Sam came out and announced that he was gay ahead of the NFL Scouting Combine fueling speculation about how he would be received in the league and in a locker room.

Some speculated that teams might avoid taking Sam, a SEC defensive player of the year, because of the spectacle that would ensue. Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy added some validity to that notion saying he wouldn’t have picked Sam for exactly that reason.

“I wouldn’t have taken him,” Dungy said, via the Tampa Tribune. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.

“It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.’’

It is kind of mind blowing that Dungy, someone who is very respected and looked up to, would help out quarterback Michael Vick on his journey back to the NFL after serving time in prison for dog fighting, but wouldn’t be willing to deal with Sam.

There were protesters at Vick’s games and those upset about any NFL team taking a shot at him and just as much of a spectacle around Vick, but Sam would’ve been too much? I guess it is fair to say that Dungy wasn’t coaching Vick so he didn’t necessarily have to deal with it in that regard and might not have taken him onto his team if he was coaching.

But interesting nonetheless.

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