Michael Sam became the first openly gay player to appear in a Canadian Football League game Friday night, playing sparingly for the Montreal Alouettes in a 26-23 loss to the Ottawa Redblacks.
“I was focusing on my assignments, actually,” Sam said when asked whether he was thinking about the significance of the moment before kickoff. “I’m not going to lie, there were some big jitters out there, and I was nervous when I first got on the field. I didn’t get any opportunities to make many plays. I had some good pass rushes, I thought, but close enough is not a sack.”
Sam played defensive end and failed to record a tackle Friday.
Sam had an opening with the CFL’s Alouettes even during his time in 2014 with the St. Louis Rams and Dallas Cowboys, with the team saying that the door would be open for him to join if the NFL didn’t work out. Sam signed on to the Alouettes in May.
From Jeremy Hobbs’ press release via email:
COLGAY PRIDE OF COLUMBUS GEORGIA ANNOUNCES:
COLGAY PRIDE LGBT COLUMBUS SOFTBALL TEAM FORMATION
COMING SOON FROM COLGAY PRIDE: COLGAY PRIDE SOFTBALL
Back to the great days of Dave Forker and Fountain City Yacht Club I recall what a great community we had here in Columbus Georgia serving the LGBT Citizens. NOW WE ARE bringing back a great tradition that has fallen by the wayside…LGBT SOFTBALL. COLGAY PRIDE is proud to announce COLGAY PRIDE SOFTBALL. We will be forming Men’s and Women’s Teams.
PARTNERSHIP WITH STARSHIP ENTERTAINMENT (Thanks Pat!)
THIS YEAR WE WILL BE FORMING OUR MEN’S AND WOMEN’S TEAMS AND LIKE IN THE GOOD OLE DAYS COMPETING WITH OTHER LGBT TEAMS AROUND THE SOUTH. COLGAY PRIDE IS DETERMINED TO PUT COLUMBUS GEORGIA BACK ON THE MAP FOR LGBT ACTIVITIES & EVENTS AND BUILDING AND UNITING OUR LGBT COMMUNITY.
SO IF YOU WANT TO BE PART OF THE TEAM :
REGISTER NOW ONLINE FOR COLGAY PRIDE SOFTBALL
OR CALL Jeremy at 706-580-6239
MEDIA INTERVIEWS WELCOME
MORE INFORMATION TO BE ANNOUNCED AT CVBWF INC COLGAY PRIDE COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD MEETING APRIL 24th 4:30 PM AT COLUMBUS PUBLIC LIBRARY MACON RD CB&T/SYNOVUS ROOM
Jeremy Scott Hobbs
COLGAY PRIDE DIRECTOR
PDF Download: PRESS RELEASE COLGAY PRIDE ANNOUNCES COLGAY PRIDE LGBT SOFTBALL TEAM FOR COLUMBUS
The Colgay Pride Festival is scheduled to take place June 6th at the Bandstand on Broadway.
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