Michael Sam Not the Same Since Fame, Says College Roommate, Steelers Hopeful

Michael Sam's college roommate says that the defensive end has changed. Eric Waters says that the openly-gay pass rusher is "not the same fun-loving, joking guy" that he knew in college.

Waters and Michael Sam played together for the University of Missouri's Tigers, and Waters has watched Sam negotiate the media spotlight after he announced that he is gay and was subsequently drafted by the St. Louis Rams.

Waters, who was picked up as an undrafted tight end by the Steelers this year, said in a recent interview that Sam has changed and does not seem to be the same guy he knew in college.

"He is a nice guy, but I will say the truth: A little bit of him has changed," the Steelers hopeful said. "It is really not my situation to speculate at this point, but he is not the same Michael Sam anymore."

Asked to elaborate, Waters said, "Just the way he acts and carries himself. 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.”

"I don't know if that is because he is more focused on the fame and the opportunity he has now or whatever," the player said.

Waters insisted that he never cared about Sam's sexual preference.

"Like I tell everybody else, I don't care about your sexual preference or if you are black or white or freaking purple," he said. "As long as you can play football, that's all that matters. We had a common denominator: We were brought to the same university because we had the ability to play football. That's all that matters."

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston or email the author at igcolonel@hotmail.com


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