The Road To MetLife Stadium: John Elway Applauds Michael Sam, Says Broncos Will Treat Him Like Any Other Draft Prospect

The Road To MetLife Stadium did not end well for the Denver Broncos, who were blown out by the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII, but John Elway knows that he cannot wallow in self-pity for the next six months. As Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Elway knows that the Broncos need to put another embarrassing Super Bowl loss behind them and move on by preparing for the 2014 NFL season. The best way to do so is focusing on free agency and the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft, which we now know will be historic, thanks to the announcement of Missouri Tigers’ defensive end, Michael Sam, who will become the first openly gay NFL Draft prospect. As I have written previously, Sam would be a good fit for a team such as the New England Patriots, and would also be accepted by at least a couple of the players from the Seahawks. It now sounds as if we can add the Broncos to this list, as Elway came out and said that Sam will be evaluated like any other player entering the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine and the 2014 NFL Draft.

In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’m working as part of the Road to MetLife Stadium Preferred Blogger Program. Throughout the year I’ll be receiving special access to MetLife events and be conducting reader giveaways, with prizes provided by MetLife and Sony Electronics. However, no payment was given or expected for posting about the program, and as always, all opinions given here are fully my own.

“I applaud Michael Sam and wish him the very best as he continues the pursuit of his NFL dream,” Elway said Monday. “As we look toward the combine and draft, we will evaluate Michael just like any other draft prospect — on the basis of his ability, character and NFL potential. His announcement will have no effect on how we see him as a football player.”

While some tend to seem skeptical on whether or not Sam would be accepted into their locker room, it is nice to hear that ignorance does not completely run rampant throughout the entire NFL.

“Having spent 16 years in an NFL locker room, the bottom line is that it’s about treating others with respect and earning that respect,” Elway said. “By all indications, it appears Michael has done just that throughout his football career.”

Sam’s numbers should speak volumes as to what sort of player he is on the field. And, judging by the comments of many of his teammates, his character off of the field should not be in question either.

I hope that you have enjoyed the coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII as well as all of the story lines leading up to The Road To MetLife Stadium. Make sure to stay tuned to Boston Super Blog for more coverage and recaps as well as analysis of last night’s game in MetLife Stadium, as well as a look ahead to where the Broncos and Seahawks will go from here.

Finally, in case you have not yet seen the video of NFL players – both past and present – signing a collaborative version of the National Anthem, then what are you waiting for? I must admit that I went into it expecting to have some laughs, but these guys were pretty impressive. Current players such as Justin Tuck and Josh Brown of the New York Giants, Greg Jennings of the Minnesota Vikings and Nick Mangold of the New York Jets, as well as former stars including Emmitt Smith and Eddie George all got together to put out quite an impressive rendition of the National Anthem. If you have not yet seen it, make sure to check it out by clicking here.

Make sure to follow all of the latest on Twitter by using the #Road2MetLifeStadium and tag @MetLifeCentral, as well as checking back early and often to Boston Super Blog for all of the latest information regarding Super Bowl XLVIII in MetLife Stadium between the Broncos and Seahawks!



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Rob Kelley

Rob Kelley is a sports reporter for various newspapers in Florida, and is trying to break back into the sports writing game after a brief hiatus following the publishing of his first book, I'm Not a Quitter. He recently resigned as Editor-in-Chief and lead writer for The South Shore Magazine to pursue better opportunities. You can follow him on Twitter @RobKelley24.