After two unsuccessful stints in the NFL, Michael Sam has moved on to the Canadian Football League by signing with the Montreal Alouettes.
Sam has left the Alouettes training camp, but he did not reveal why and just left it at “personal reasons.”
The Alouettes released a statement on his behalf.
“The Montreal Alouettes organization would like to clarify the situation surrounding international defensive end Michael Sam. Friday morning, Michael asked the team a special permission to leave training camp and return home for personal reasons,” the team said.
Sam became famous for being the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team, as he was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 2014 draft.
He had previously been named the 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year at Missouri, as he came up with 11.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss.
After facing stiff competition on a stacked Rams defensive line, he was released by the team after the preseason.
Sam briefly joined the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad before being released again, and he was unable to find work in the NFL again.
The defensive end will look to prove that he can still be a force in the pass rush and possibly even receive another NFL opportunity down the road.