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INDIANAPOLIS -- Michael Sam needed no introduction. Joel Embiid Jersey . He provided one anyway, subtly spelling out his desire to be known simply as a football player whose sexuality isnt a national story. "Good afternoon. My name is Michael Sam. I play football for the University of Missouri," he said to commence his first public appearance since announcing hes gay. Sam smiled and laughed often during a 12 1/2-minute news conference at Lucas Oil Stadium, looking relaxed, jovial and confident while taking questions from the hundreds of reporters surrounding the podium. Despite credentials that include the Southeastern Conference co-defensive player of the year award, Sam is projected only as a mid-round pick in the draft in May. Hes 6-foot-2 and 260 pounds, falling somewhere between a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme and an outside linebacker in a 3-4 system. Where he winds up, Sam said he doesnt care. "Im a pass rusher. If you put me in a situation to get the quarterback, Im going to get the quarterback. Whoever coaches or GMs, this league is a passing league. Id like to believe in myself as a good pass rusher," Sam said. Hes not worried about being accepted, either, in light of the bullying scandal that emerged in Miami. "If the Miami Dolphins drafted me I would be excited to be a part of that organization," Sam said. "But Im not afraid of going into that environment. I know how to handle myself. I know how to communicate with my teammates. I know how to communicate with the coaches and other staff I need to communicate with." Mostly, Sam wants to communicate this: "I just wish you guys would just see me as Michael Sam the football player instead of Michael Sam the gay football player." His former Missouri teammates certainly did. "Hes happy with who he is. He doesnt shy away from who he is. Mike Sam has got a lot of personality. Hes a great guy. Hes not going to be any different than who he is every day," said wide receiver LDamian Washington, one of several ex-Tigers stars here for the NFLs annual scouting combine. If Sam were to slip down the draft board, determining a bias against his orientation or a fear of the potential distraction would be near impossible. If teams pass on him, theyre likely unsure how his combination of size and speed fits with their defence. "You only need one team. One team that believes in you. Theres 32 teams. You need one team," Washington said. Coaches and executives around the league were asked often this weekend for their thoughts on how Sam would fit, both on the field and in the locker room. "He would be welcomed, no different than any other player we have," New York Jets coach Rex Ryan said, adding: "The big thing we always talk about is respect in our locker room." Charles Barkley Jersey . -- The Green Bay Packers have signed quarterback Graham Harrell to the active roster from the practice squad and placed tight end Andrew Quarless on injured reserve. Richaun Holmes Jersey . -- Michael Bennett gambled last off-season that playing on a one-year deal in Seattle would pay off in the future with the long-term contract he always wanted.HOUSTON - Top overall pick Jadeveon Clowney is unlikely to play for the Houston Texans when they host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday because of an unspecified illness. Clowney missed practice Friday and when asked afterward about his status for Sunday, coach Bill OBrien said: I dont know. I wouldnt say it looks very good for him playing Sunday. The ouutside linebacker was listed as questionable on the injury report and it said he was out because of his knee and an illness. Allen Iverson Jersey. Clowney returned last week after missing six games following arthroscopic knee surgery and made one tackle in limited action. OBrien said theyll make a final decision on if Clowney will play on Sunday. Cheap Colombia Jerseys Cheap England Jerseys Cheap Spain Jerseys Cheap France Jerseys Cheap Belgium Jerseys Cheap Argentina Jerseys Cheap Portugal Jerseys Cheap Brazil Jerseys Wholesale Mexico Jerseys Wholesale Colombia Jerseys Cheap Germany Jerseys Cheap Mexico Jerseys Wholesale Belgium Jerseys Wholesale Mexico Jerseys Wholesale Portugal Jerseys Wholesale Germany Jerseys Wholesale Brazil Jerseys Wholesale France Jerseys Wholesale Argentina Jerseys Cheap England Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Colombia Jerseys ' ' '