Missouri wins SEC Sportsmanship Award for Michael Sam response

NCAA Football: Florida at Missouri

You can tack on some more hardware to Mizzou’s 2013 season.

The Tigers’ football team will share the SEC Sportsmanship Award with the Tennessee basketball team. Mizzou was recognized for how they supported and protected Michael Sam, who revealed to his teammates he was gay during August’s preseason camp.

Sam went on to lead the SEC with 11.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss and became the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year. Sam was drafted in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams.

The SEC Sportsmanship Award is chosen through a vote of the conference’s athletic directors.

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  • Congratulations to Tennessee. The whole idea of ‘sportsmanship’ and college athletics just fit together so importantly. On Missouri, I think, after all the talk about Sam, what the team did was maybe the only important part of the picture. What they did was a big fat nothing. Football has nothing to do with Sam’s personal life, college has nothing to do with it. Listening to their team member and going on with their football lives exactly the same as before was one of those reactions in life when nothing is the biggest something. Thanks SEC, I wonder if any other league would have seized this opportunity to make a statement about the minds and hearts of real southern gentlemen, whose long standing ethics and morals are far too often uncelebrated by our own and sometimes attacked unfairly by those who know little about them.

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