Michael Sam's former roommate at Missouri says he's changed

Nick Bromberg
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Michael Sam's former roommate at Missouri says he's changed

Eric Waters, a former TE at Missouri, said he thinks former Missouri DE Michael Sam, the 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, has changed.

Waters and Sam were roommates at Missouri. In February, Sam publicly announced he was gay and was drafted in the seventh round of the NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams. Waters was undrafted and is currently at training camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers. If Sam plays in a game for the Rams he'll be the first openly gay player to play in the NFL.

“He is a nice guy, but I will say the truth: A little bit of him has changed,” Waters told the Pittsburgh Tribune. “It is really not my situation to speculate at this point, but he is not the same Michael Sam anymore.”

How does Waters think Sam has changed?

“Just the way he acts and carries himself,”Waters said. “I was watching the NFL Network the other day and I think it was Marshall Faulk who said that he keeps referring to himself in the third person as Michael Sam this, Michael Sam that. That's not the same guy we knew back when we were living together. He is not the same fun-loving, joking guy that really didn't care about stuff like publicity.”

Waters added that he and Sam don't communicate currently. After Sam made his announcement, Waters made this series of tweets before saying he meant no disrespect to anyone, nor was he angry at all with Missouri, which he said had treated him well.

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Sam told his teammates before the season that he was gay and according to many at the school, the entire team embraced him. His sexuality wasn't a story throughout Missouri's 12-2 season. After the season, Missouri was given the SEC Sportsmanship Award.

Waters had eight catches in 2013 and 14 throughout his career.

After Sam was drafted, plans to film a reality show were announced. However, they were scuttled shortly after they were made public.

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