"Judge him by what he does on the field," tackle Greg Robinson said. "I think everybody wants to make his own decisions and, if that's the way he wants to live his life, I don't think it will interfere with football."
As for serving as a role model to others who will follow his path, Sam isn't rejecting the notion entirely so much as putting it off while he focuses on the tall order of making the Rams at their most crowded position.
"I will support all equality," Sam said. "It doesn't have to be just about gay rights. Right now I am focused on football. I will always support equality. Period. My job right now is to focus on football and making this team so I can help win championships."
Sam took to Twitter on Tuesday night to thank Rams players, coaches and fans:
From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone today. STL and my @STLouisRams family could not have made me feel more welcome.- Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) May 14, 2014