Packers GM shrugs at Michael Sam hoopla

February, 22, 2014
Feb 22
3:15
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Some long-time attendees of the NFL combine estimated that the crowd of reporters around former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam was the largest media gathering around a single player they had ever seen.

“I just wish you guys would see me as Michael Sam the football player, not Michael Sam the gay football player,” the draft hopeful said Saturday.

It sounds like Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson sees it that way. When asked for his reaction to Sam being the first openly gay player in the NFL, Thompson on Friday said: “I haven't had much of one.”

“I think there's a lot to do about much of nothing,” Thompson said.

He echoed what coach Mike McCarthy said on April 10, the day after Sam made his announcement, when McCarthy said the Packers “have room” for any player that can be a good teammate and a productive player.

“With the Packers and every one of these teams, what we've been talking about the last 10 minutes since I've been standing here is how do we win and how do we do things?” Thompson said. “If someone can help us win games and be a good citizen, we’re fine with him."

Rob Demovsky

ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter

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