Hitchcock ISD releases statement on Sam

Hitchcock ISD releases statement on Sam
February 10, 2014, 2:00 pm
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NFL draft hopeful Michael Sam came out on Sunday and might end up as the first openly gay player in the NFL.

Sam grew up in Hitchcock, Texas, a small town (just over 7,000 people) about 40 minutes from Houston. He graduated from Hitchcock High School in 2009. While in high school, Sam played for the Class 2A Bulldogs.

On Monday, the Hitchcock school district released the following statement:

"Hitchcock ISD was privileged to have Michael Sam as a student athlete from 2006 to 2009. We have watched his career and are very proud of his accomplishments from being SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Lombardi Award Finalist, Nagurski Award Finalist, and unanimous First Team All American. But more importantly than any of these awards we are especially proud of Michael for earning his degree and graduating this past December from such a prestigious university. Michael Sam is not only a great football player but also a great person. He demonstrated leadership both on the field and in the classroom. Michael is a hard working individual with strong determination. Michael has proven this to be true. He entered college as a two star recruit and left as unanimous First Team All American. We are proud that he refers to his hometown as Hitchcock and not just the Houston area. We wish him well in the upcoming draft and will continue to follow and cheer him on."