CANADA: Michael Sam Signs Two Year Deal With Montreal’s CFL Franchise

Via The Score:

The CFL’s Montreal Alouettes have signed former NFL defensive end Michael Sam to a two-year contract. Sam, who made headlines as the first openly gay player drafted to the NFL, never played a regular-season snap in the league. Sam was released by the St. Louis Rams at final cuts prior to the 2014 season and later spent time on the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad. The 25-year-old was out of football last season. He competed at the NFL’s inaugural veteran combine this spring but managed only a 4.99-second 40-yard dash.

The Canadian Football League was founded in 1958 and has nine teams. Its championship Grey Cup game is Canada’s most-watched sporting event. (Tipped by JMG reader Dave)

  • metrored

    Congratulations Michael Sam! Fuck You NFL!

    • TommyTune

      It’s kind of a big Fuck You to ‘Murika as well (in the most gentlemanly manner) possible, and ‘Murika deserves it for not opening its arms to that lovable bear of a man and excellent ball player. Like they say, “success is the best revenge.”

      • zhera

        ^^^ Yes! This is ‘Murica and NFL’s loss. I hope Michael Sam enjoys Canada so much that he just stays there. All I want for him is happiness, he’s such a beautiful soul (and body).

        • TommyTune

          ME TOO!

        • Ian

          Not to mention his man-friend/fiance.

          • KCMC

            so proud of out home state MO boys!!!

        • gewaite

          Wow-reading a little too much into it, aren’t you?

    • Ireyon

      Let’s hope he trains his ass off.

  • FloBear

    We were lucky to see him play a pre-season game in Miami. He played really well, leading the team in sacks. The Rams were wrong to let him go. The gay def played a big part in the decision.

  • Blake Jordan

    Well it is something, congratulations Mr Sam… but he needs to work his ass off for the CFL, and his team, to prove himself to the douchebags of the NFL.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Bienvenue Michael Sam!

  • Canadians are so much more civilized than people in the United States.

    • Octavio

      Well, in Quebec.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Now, now, be nice. Ontario isn’t THAT bad LOL

      • bambinoitaliano

        Come here you and bend over. You are due for a good rubbing!

      • Prixator

        Does Québec have an out lesbian premier?

    • bambinoitaliano

      Well some of us. Let’s not over praise 🙂

      • Canadian Observer

        Oh some of us can do a little strutting… especially those of us in Albertastan (the Texas of Canada) who just got rid of the Tories in favour of the socialist horde 😉

        • bambinoitaliano

          Kudos to Albertans. Now bottle it and sell it to your fellow Southerners.

    • Hue-Man

      Recent events call that opinion into question:

      “​A social media firestorm touched off by a female TV reporter who fought back against sexually explicit taunts hurled by several soccer fans has cost one Toronto engineer his job.”

      • Samantha

        How does that call his opinion into question?
        The guys verbally assaulted a reporter, one of them who was on the sunshine list as a publicly paid employee was fired under the Code of Conduct Policy he signed for his position with a public company. Seems pretty civilized to me.

        • Hue-Man

          The “Canadian” in question wasn’t civilized – Canada has its share of yahoos. His comment was “Canadians are so much more civilized than people in the United States.”

    • gewaite

      What a shame so many Poles are stuck in places like Chicago, Cleveland and Pittsburgh! Why not tell them to get out while they still can.

  • Bj Lincoln

    Show the NFL what they are missing! Good for you and Canada!

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Alouette, gentille alouette,
    Alouette, je te plumerai.

    Je te plumerai la tête. x2
    Et la tête! Et la tête!
    Alouette! Alouette!

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Just a crazy song we used to sing as kids.
      An “alouette” is a lark, specifically the horned lark, which French colonists considered a game bird.

      • John30013

        And “j’en te plumerai” means (I believe) “I will pluck your feathers”—not so nice!

    • Ginger Snap

      Font memories of my Nana you just stirred up.

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme
  • bkmn

    Glad to see he will have a nice paycheck for the next couple (and maybe more) years.

    • Reality.Bites

      A nice paycheque? In the CFL? Nope.

      The maximum salary for the entire team together is $5,050,000, with a 44-person roster. American imports like Sam tend to get the lion’s share.

      Montreal is the city where Jackie Robinson first played professional baseball outside the Negro leagues.

      • Canadian Observer

        I am glad it is Montreal that signed him… it is fitting that the city that embraced Robinson is now going to be embracing Sam. Thanks for reproducing that photo of the statue, I saw it shortly after it had been first unveiled (at its original site where Delorimier stadium had been, it is now outside the Olympic stadium) – it is a really touching piece of art.. about 3/4 life size and was so very approachable in its original location, behind the backstop of a softball diamond in a public park…

  • Philly Mike

    Oh my goodness, next Canada will allow Gay marriage!

    • JGibsonDem

      Canada has allowed marriage equality nationwide since 2005, with many of its provinces doing so before then– Ontario got it started on 06.10.2003.

      • TommyTune

        (I think he’s being facetious 🙂

        • Philly Mike

          Thanks! I thought I was being obvious.

  • Reality.Bites

    (That’s only because there are SO many games in the NHL playoffs)

  • Harry Underwood
  • David Walker

    Good. Maybe not as much money, but he’ll play football, which is what he wanted.

  • marshlc

    Good. He can play football, have a decent life, and not have to spend all his time battling homophobia.

  • Toasterlad

    Glad he’s going to get the chance to play football for a living, but still pissed he got blackballed by the NFL. Might have to start watching Canadian Football.

    • Octavio

      My favorite team is Barca. But El Squeeze is WAY queer for River Plate. No one really cares about the Boca Juniors anymore. 🙂

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      Many Americans watched the CFL during the NFL strike, many years ago.

  • carswell

    He’ll be a good fit with our city, where he’ll find a supportive atmosphere, much like colour barrier-breaking Jackie Robinson did when he played for the Montreal Royals baseball team back in 1946. I avoid spectator sports like the plague so this is probably the only time I’ll say it, but “Go, Als, go!”

    • Ontogenesis

      I’m sad he couldn’t find a place here in the US, but I’m sure he’ll be happy to play in Canada. Stupid US bigots.

  • Galvestonian

    GREAT NEWS !!!!

  • Mike in Texas

    At last he gets to do what he’s wanted to do all along. Congratulations, Michael!!

  • Reality.Bites

    From the Als’ web page:

    May 22, 2015

    Montreal – The Montreal Alouettes announced on Friday that the club has signed international defensive end Michael Sam to a two-year deal. Sam (6’2’’, 260 lbs.) joins the Alouettes after spending the 2014 season in the National Football League with the St. Louis Rams and the Dallas Cowboys.

    The 25-year-old athlete developed his playing abilities with the University of Missouri Tigers in the NCAA. In four seasons with the Tigers, Sam registered an impressive 123 total tackles of which 36 were for losses and 21 total sacks. He also notched two interceptions.

    “With the signing of Michael Sam, we have become a better organization today,” said Alouettes’ general manager, Jim Popp. “Not only have we added an outstanding football player, we have added even a better person that brings dignity, character, and heart to our team.”

    In his last year with Missouri, he was named on the first-team All-SEC, in addition to receiving joint SEC Defensive Player of the Year honours with CJ Mosley of the University of Alabama. He led the conference with 11.5 total sacks and 21 tackles for losses. He also forced a fumble, which he returned for a touchdown during the Cotton Bowl, helping the Tigers defeat the Oklahoma State University Cowboys by a score of 41-31.

    “I am very excited and proud to join the Montreal Alouettes and want to thank team Owner Robert Wetenhall, General Manager Jim Popp and Head Coach Tom Higgins for this opportunity,” declared the Alouettes newest member. “I cannot wait to put on the pads, get back on the field and work hard each and every day with my teammates to bring a Grey Cup to the great fans here in Montreal.”

    Following his impressive performance during his senior year, the Galveston, TX native was selected in the fifth round (249th overall) by the Rams during the 2014 NFL Draft. In four pre-season games with St. Louis, Sam collected 11 tackles and three sacks.

    Sam will be available at a press conference to be held on Tuesday, May 26 at 11:00 a.m. at the Opal room of the Montreal Airport Marriott.

    The following day, he will join the other first-year CFL players in being initiated to the Alouettes organization at Bishop’s University.

    Individual tickets

    Individual tickets sales for the upcoming season will begin on May 28 with a pre-sale via the Alouettes Facebook and Twitter accounts. The general sale to the public will begin on June 1, at or 1-855-790-1245.

  • Jim B

    Good on him. I was randomly thinking of him the other day and wondering what his next move was, how he was going to keep himself in play-ready condition on his own time and dime. Then, this. I’m glad to see the NFL setback didn’t stop him.

  • CFL experience is one way to get and keep those important stats, and if he does well there, there could still eb an NFL opportunity.

    After his B.C. experience, Doug Flutie spent time in the NFL, went to the CFL and excelled there, and finished his career in the NFL.

  • RobynWatts

    “Go north, young man…..”

    Congratulations, Michael!

    • bambinoitaliano

      Life is peaceful there…

  • bambinoitaliano

    Oh he is ours, all ours!! This is why we send you Justin Bieber and Ted Cruz. you guys are not nice to young gay men see. I hope he and fiance come to our Toronto pride to familiarize with our culture 🙂

    • Reality.Bites

      Fiancé. If he had a fiancée he’d be in the NFL.

      • bambinoitaliano

        Pardonnez moi mon amie 🙂

        • Reality.Bites

          Ami. If it was amie I could be someone’s fiancée. 🙂

          • bambinoitaliano

            Sexist!! 🙂

      • Baltimatt

        Oops, looks like somebody needs to tell Michael what Vito is.

        Michael resides in Dallas, TX with his fiancée, Vito Cammisano.

        • Reality.Bites

          Lots of people think it’s fiancée. But Michael Sam probably doesn’t do his own updates.

      • bambinoitaliano

        You! Come over here! I’ll let you pull the e out of me!

    • Baltimatt

      He has a fiancé, not a fiancée.

      • bambinoitaliano

        Oh stop it you people! I like my double E okeey!! Elongated erection!! 😛

    • Oh…eat a bowl of poutine, you maple syrup kisser! We’ll get you back. Mark my words, we’ll get you all back for the beaver and pig. We’ll send you, hmmm, How about a fistful of Kardashians?

      • bambinoitaliano

        Only the one name Rob the skinny one, we might consider 😛

      • bambinoitaliano

        Don’t you worry we will take good care of Michael. Until such time your NFL has been rehabilitated, we shall release his custody back to you.

        • Keep him. I’m hoping the NFL goes under faster than a night swimming blonde with a shark on her ankles.

          • bambinoitaliano

            We won’t impose, It’s up to Michael.

  • Hue-Man

    David Testo came out after completing his soccer career in Montreal.

    “Midway through 2007, he was traded to the Montreal Impact – still a USL club at the time – in a lop-sided deal for an old favorite of the Whitecaps’ coach. Suddenly finding himself living in a city with the largest gay neighborhood on the continent, he partied like never before and played well when he wasn’t injured. After a few years, his sexuality was an open secret. Everybody on the club knew. Nobody seemed to mind.
    For the first time, he became close to his teammates. He could talk to them about his boyfriend and find a sympathetic ear. The locker room, to his surprise, became an easier place to be. Rather than pop, the bubbles joined to form a bigger one.”

    The article is a good revealing read. He’s now on the board of You Can Play.

  • hellboundalleee

    Waiting for those Alouettes jokes. As they say in Quebec, the Alouette is a fierce kind of bird.

  • Mark McGovern

    Welcome to Canada Michael Sam! Montreal rocks!

  • TheManicMechanic

    Instead of pigskin, the ball is made from Canadian bacon. Congrats, Michael!

    • ohbear1957

      Mmmmm . . . bacon! If we had Canadian bacon footballs in high school, I might have tried out for the team. Well, Towelboy maybe.

    • Canadian Observer

      Um we don’t call it Canadian bacon, we call it back bacon.

      • TheManicMechanic

        I knew that, but not everyone here knows what back bacon is, or that it’s a Canadian thing. Heck, they don’t all know what a toque is, unless they watched a lot of Bob and Doug MacKenzie.

        • Claude Jacques Bonhomme
          • TheManicMechanic

            I’m so used to the other spelling, living with a chef for over 15 years and all. 😉

          • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

            That must be very nice indeed. At home with someone to satisfy all your appetites.

          • TheManicMechanic

            This is mostly true, but not like many people think. After spending 9-10 hours or more in a kitchen as well as running the show, he’s not usually up to continuing along with what is basically the workday upon coming home. We go out a lot, or I do the cooking. It’s usually weekends or other times off that haute cuisine is on the menu, if then. We can throw some fantastic dinner parties though.

            The same is true for a lot of professions. After a long day of doing (x), do you want to come home and have to do more of (x) every day, even if you really liked your work? Everything I did as a profession became something I only wanted to do at home if I had to, at least after a few years of working that profession.

          • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

            I fully understand what you mean. I worked in a hotel’s restaurant kitchen one summer, when I was a student, and it’s very demanding work. The chef is under considerable pressure. It makes perfect sense that they wouldn’t want to bring work home, as is the case in other lines of work.

  • Antinousian

    Congratulations! Yay!

  • Baltimatt

    Congratulations. The Alouettes used to be the Baltimore Stallions, 1995 Grey Cup champs.

  • Curieux Bleu

    Over the moon that Sam and Vince will be coming to Canada!

    A big hug and huge welcome to them both, and who knows, maybe someday you guys will want to become true blue Canucks and raise your family up here. Congrat’s Sam! We are proud to have you with us!

  • D. Gray

    The Grey Cup is bigger than the Stanley Cup?

    • Dave604

      The Stanley Cup usually involves two American teams. The Grey Cup is all Canadian.

      • Reality.Bites

        And the Stanley cup is 4-7 games during the week, while the Grey Cup is one Sunday. Same reason the Super Bowl outrates the World Series

        However, to put the whole thing into perspective, the last Grey Cup had 3,832,000 viewers in Canada.

        The Big Bang Theory often has 4.4 million, the Super Bowl got 8.2 million and the Oscars 5.5 million.

  • Mark

    Goof for him!! Strategically – a great move!

  • I’m sorry, but when he said that he couldn’t wait to put on the pads, all I could think were a bunch of Kotex strapped to his uniform. The wings give him full-coverage.

    All right, all right, I’ll just see myself out.

  • Dave604

    Well now I know which CFL team I will be watching this year 🙂

  • Prixator

    He’s going to be great for the CFL! I just wish he was playing in Toronto.

    (I once went to a Grey Cup game here in TO and it was so much fun – but I almost got frostbite! Late November in TO can be nice – or not very nice at all.)

  • VancouverBottom

    Makes sense. Canada is where unsuccessful Americans run off to. He’ll fit in well there.

  • d.

    He’ll be scoring beurre blancs and petit fours in no time. Or whatever they call a touchdown in the CFL.

  • JCF

    While I’m sad he didn’t make it (for whatever reason) in the NFL, I’m happy he’ll be playing the game he loves.

  • LarryChemEngr

    I love you, Sam. Best wishes to you, man.

  • Randolph Finder

    Anyone look to see how his fellow Seventh rounders are doing, I’m guessing there are others either out of football or in the CFL.

  • Claude Jacques Bonhomme
  • Brian Jenkins

    Well you know…*puts fish on hook*… canadian football… *throws out line* is just a better game than the american one. *waits*

  • StrongAndTasty .

    As a Canadian living in Montreal, I am very happy about this! Congrats Michael, and hopefully I will see you around on Grindr you hottie 😉