I don't think Michael Sam faced NFL discrimination because of his sexual orientation. NFL talent evaluators are notoriously discriminatory towards edge rushers with: - 4.91 40 times -17 reps of 220 bench (cornerback like performance) -25 inch vertical (bad even for a nose tackle and betrayed innate lack of elite explosiveness.) Add to that that Sam was 3-4 inches shorter than your typical edge rusher and lacked the frame to bulk up and move inside. Sam faced discrimination for lacking elite size and athleticism. I faced the same kind of discrimination.. in the 9th grade. Sam was correctly evaluated as a marginal prospect, drafted in the later rounds and was cut after better athletes outperformed him in training camp.