*It looks like Michael Sam is doing better on “Dancing With the Stars” than he did at the NFL’s first combine for veterans.
According to multiple reports, he did not do well.
The former Missouri defensive end, who made headlines by becoming the first openly gay player to enter the NFL draft, participated in drills before NFL teams at the Arizona Cardinals headquarters. But he may have hurt his cause by taking part.
Sam’s unofficial times of 5.07 seconds and 5.10 in the 40-yard dash on Sunday — when he was the biggest name of the approximately 100 participants – were worse than his marks before last year’s draft, notes USA Today.
Sam ran 4.91 at the combine in Indianapolis last year, then 4.69, unofficially, at Missouri’s pro day.
“I did my best,” Sam told reporters after Sunday’s session.
As one big time NFL agent put it … “My real honest opinion is that he was flat out horrible. He did not belong out there.”
An NFL scout who was at the combine tells TMZ Sports he looked stiff and slow … but says Sam’s attitude was even worse. “He thinks he’s a superstar. It would be nice if he could do something on the field to back up the attitude.”
As for the NFL general managers … one person says, “The concern was that he didn’t look focused on the game. He regressed.”
Another high-powered NFL agent, who represents multiple Pro Bowlers, tells TMZ Sports … “Here was a chance to show his determination and dedication and the GMs didn’t see that.”
“I think there’s a chance he could play in the Canadian Football League. He sells tickets. He attracts fans. And from there you never know.”
And there’s still “Dancing With the Stars.”
The theme on Monday was “favorite jams.” He and his professional dancer Petra Murgatroyd danced a Foxtrot to “Workin’ My Way Back To You” by The Spinners: