Former NFL player Michael Sam spoke at the UW-La Crosse campus on December 7th at 7:30 p.m.. The event took place in the Valhala Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition and tickets costed $2.00 for students and $5.00 for everyone else to attend. Sam’s speech was both motivating and impactful, as his story was one that is sure to resonate with the audience for a long time to come. The turnout to come see Sam was very successful and there weren’t too many seats left in the center.
Sam grew up in Hitchcock, Texas and attended Hitchcock High School where he played both defensive and offensive positives on the football team. Even when he was an 8th grader, Sam participated with the squad as the water boy. After he graduated from high school, he earned athletic scholarships to multiple universities but ended up choosing to go to the University of Missouri. The 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year was also the first openly gay player to ever get drafted to the NFL, which he got picked up for in the 2014 Draft during the 7th round by the St. Louis Rams. Eventually he was cut from the team when they made their final cuts to reduce the roster, but was added to the training roster for the Dallas Cowboys. However in May 2015, Sam was given a two year contract to play for the Montreal Alouettes where he still plays today.
Sam was at the UW-La Crosse campus earlier this month to talk to the student body and other attendees about his life and challenges that he has learned to overcome. It was a great event and a huge success, and will be one that the audience remember for a long time.
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