Michael Sam will be focusing on the Rumba, the Tango and the Fox Trot in the coming weeks as he prepares to compete on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars.
But the first openly gay man drafted by the NFL – now a free agent – took to Twitter today to make clear that returning to the league is biggest priority.
‘Football remains my unquestioned number 1 priority,’ he tweeted. ‘However, while I continue to train and stay ready, I am ecstatic to participate in a fun, athletic competition like so many players before me have done,’
Sam added: ‘Filming this offseason is very flexible and allows me to be part of the veterans combine if accepted or any other workouts.’
Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams last year then cut after playing for the team in the pre-season. He was then signed to the Dallas Cowboys practice squad and cut a month later.
Last week, Sam wrote a column for Sports Illustrated’s The MMQB about his hopes for returning to the NFL.
‘Through all the ups and downs, though, I’ve remained focused on getting back on an NFL roster,’ he wrote. ‘It’s why I get up early every morning and push myself at the gym, and why I’m looking to participate in the first-ever NFL veterans combine this winter.’
The NFL’s first veterans combine is on 22 March which is less than a week after the premiere of the 20th season of Dancing With the Stars.
Many current and former NFL players have competed on the show including eventual winners Emmitt Smith, Hines Ward and Donald Driver.