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February 22, 2014

Sam attempting to focus on football

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Pagano was asked during his media availability Friday whether Sam would be a good fit in the Colts' locker room.

"I love the environment we've created, the culture we've created," Pagano said. "I think we have an outstanding locker room. The Colts never have and never will discriminate based on sexual orientation. We look at the player. We'll evaluate him just like we evaluate everybody else. If he can help our team, help us win football games, he'll be more than welcome."

Sam wanted to get his story out before others told it for him, and his entire focus now is on proving to NFL teams he can do just that.

He doesn't seem himself as a trail blazer, and he's not looking for endorsements or movie deals. He simply wants to be just like the other 300-plus combine participants here.

"I wish you guys would just say, 'Michael Sam, how's football going? How's training going?'" Sam said. "I would love for you to ask me that question. But it is what it is. And I just wish you guys would just see me as Michael Sam the football player instead of Michael Sam the gay football player."

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