“A very few reached out to me,” Sam said. “[They] told me their gratitude and how they were thankful that I have the courage…They wish they had the courage to come out.”
Sam, who was let go by the Dallas Cowboys in October, was originally going to be the star of a documentary series following his journey through the NFL until St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher thought it wasn’t the right time.
In the player’s first television appearance since his cut, Sam dismissed the idea that he was cut because of his sexuality.
“I don’t like to think that way,” he told Winfrey. “But I do believe I’m a very talented football player and I’m going to continue working hard to try and get that opportunity to play in the league.”
Fisher admitted he was rooting for Sam.
“I will tell you this: I was pulling for Mike,” Fisher said. “I really was, and I don’t say that very often. Mike came in here and did everything we asked him to do.”
Sam was on the Cowboys’ practice squad for seven weeks before being released. He is now a free agent.