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Notebook: McCarthy praises Sam, says sexual orientation is not a factor for Packers

9:51 PM, Feb. 10, 2014
NFL prospect Michael Sam announces he is gay
NFL prospect Michael Sam announces he is gay: Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam hopes to be the first openly gay player in the NFL, which is about to have its tolerance tested, ready or not.

Mike McCarthy would have no problem drafting Missouri defensive end Michael Sam as long as he can play football at a high level.

The Green Bay Packers coach made his opinion abundantly clear Monday that a player's measurables and character are the only qualifications he and the organization concern themselves with leading up to May's NFL draft.

On the heels of Sam becoming the NFL's first openly gay draft prospect, McCarthy said the Packers would welcome anyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, who could help the team improve on an 8-7-1 season that ended in a wild-card loss to the San ...

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