GM tells me: "Teams want to sign Michael Sam but fear the media attention." To me, that's cowardice. But that's just me.— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) September 1, 2014
Peter King of Sports Illustrated: "I talked to three [NFL] team architects over the weekend. They’re concerned about the circus coming to town with the first openly gay player trying to make an NFL roster."
Ray Lewis: At scene of a double murder, pleads guilty to obstruction of justice. Becomes
honored statesman of NFL.
Terrell Owens: Once accused a teammate of being gay, yet spent as much time out
of his uniform as in it. His holdout from the Eagles in 2005 attracted a media horde to his
driveway watching him do situps. Still signed by five teams.
Johnny Manziel: Star of summer-long ESPN show called "SportsCenter."
Michael Sam: Gay. Led team in preseason tackles and snaps. "No distraction ... good
teammate," coach said. Still without a job.
Photos: Terrell Owens by Getty Images. All others by USA TODAY.