We've heard a bunch of people say Sam will be embraced and it's team first but I have my doubts because every time a player comes in FA or we pick a guy up off the street the first thing they say is it's totally different than everywhere else they have played when it comes to team unity and team concept.
Last edited by feltdizz; 02-18-2014 at 01:03 PM.
Of course when cerebral meets talented and driven is when you can get a special player.
Seriously, I think the article brings up a good point. You have more than a few knuckleheads in the NFL and some are probably just as slow as Rolle..
Back in HS I had a friend who went to Columbia for a gifted summer program... he missed summer basketball with our HS team and had to work his way from the bottom to get playing time once the season started even though he was better than most players. Coaches don't give a damn about a commitment to books... they want to see you in the gym.
I don't think Rolle should be given a spot just because he is a Rhodes Scholar but when you hear some of these players speak you really have to wonder if they prefer the dumb jock over the smart one.
Kerry Rhodes: I wasn't 'blacklisted'
Veteran safety [URL="http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/8537/kerry-rhodes"]Kerry Rhodes[/URL] hopes to play in the NFL if he can find the right opportunity, and doesn't believe rumors about his sexuality -- which he has always maintained were not true -- derailed his opportunity to play in the NFL last season.
"I don't think I was blacklisted," Rhodes said during a phone interview Tuesday. "Especially with the NFL I don't think they would do that ... to me it was a product of me wanting to do other things and not finding the right opportunity."
As the NFL is about to welcome the first openly gay player in [URL="http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft/player/_/id/33852/michael-sam"]Michael Sam[/URL], who will enter the NFL draft this season, many assume Rhodes had not been offered a job after a former associate told a number of websites that Rhodes was gay. Some speculated that Rhodes wouldn't feel comfortable coming out, but Rhodes said that has never been the case.
"I emphatically said no once and that's all I need to say and people who know me know that's definitely not the case," Rhodes said. "To me I'm definitely not and I can't control what people think, so I move on."
The [URL="http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/ari/arizona-cardinals"]Arizona Cardinals[/URL] offered Rhodes a contract at the end of the 2012 season, when Rhodes was named the No. 4 safety in the league by Pro Football Focus. He turned that offer down, and poured his energy into a production company, acting in a comedy series "Good Cop, Bike Cop" and rolling out some children's fitness initiatives with his foundation.
Rhodes thinks money, more than rumors, might have hampered his signing with a team, since he wasn't going to take a deal that he wasn't comfortable with.
the guy holding him outed him online...