Openly gay football player Michael Sam is introduced by the Montreal Alouettes

Michael Sam has no regrets about coming out and is looking forward to getting back on the playing field

MONTREAL,CANADA. (MAY 26, 2015) (CBC)- On the verge of becoming the first openly gay athlete to play in the Canadian Football League, Michael Sam pledged his support to Montreal’s LGBT community but insisted he’s “just here to play football” at Tuesday’s (May 26) news conference introducing him as the newest member of the Alouettes.

Sam is the first openly gay player to be drafted by an National Football League team. The St. Louis Rams selected the pass rusher in the seventh round in 2014. He appeared in four pre-season games before the team released him, then had a short stint on the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad that ended in October without his playing a regular-season down in the NFL.

Montreal announced last Friday that it had signed the 25-year-old Texan to a two-year deal, and he’ll report to training camp when it begins Wednesday.

“I’m so excited to get back on the football field and get back to work,” Sam said.

Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said the “trailblazing athlete,” who was a U.S. collegiate star at Missouri, can make an impact in the pros.

“We think he has a chance to be an outstanding pass rusher in the CFL,” Popp said.