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Michael Sam: Focused on football, not making history in CFL

Montreal Alouettes Canadian Football League team general manager

Montreal Alouettes Canadian Football League team general manager Jim Popp, right, and newly-signed defensive end Michael Sam pose for a photo at a press conference in Montreal on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Photo Credit: AP

MONTREAL - Michael Sam says his priority is helping the Montreal Alouettes win, not making history as the first openly gay player in the Canadian Football League.

Sam was signed to a two-year deal by the Alouettes last week. He was introduced Tuesday at a news conference in Montreal.

The 25-year-old Sam came out publicly before last year's NFL draft. He was selected in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams and became the first openly gay player chosen by an NFL team.

The Rams cut him in training camp. The Dallas Cowboys signed him to their practice squad but released him in October.

Alouettes general manager Jim Popp, who called Sam a "trailblazing athlete," says he believes Sam can excel as pass rusher in the CFL.

Sam starred in college at Missouri, earning SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2013.

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