Michael Sam has signed with the
Montreal Alouettes, a Canadian Football League (CFL) team.
According to USA TODAY, Sam signed a
one-year deal and will participate in the team's upcoming training
The Alouettes said that Sam will be
introduced at a press conference on Tuesday in Montreal.
“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,” Sam said in a statement through the team. “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.”
Sam, the first openly gay player to be
drafted by the NFL, was cut by the St. Louis Rams before the start of
last season. He then joined the Cowboys' 10-man practice squad,
where he stayed for seven weeks before being let go.
Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said
that by adding Sam his team has “become a better organization.”
“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,” he said in a