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Though his NFL career didn’t pan out like we wanted, Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, is not done playing football. 

He has officially been signed to the Montreal Alouettes, a team with the Canadian Football League, on a two-year contract. The team has been quick to welcome him on Twitter and elsewhere. 

“With the signing of Michael Sam, we have become a better organization today. Not only have we added an outstanding football player, we have added even a better person that brings dignity, character, and heart to our team,” said Alouiettes general manager Jim Popp in a statement. 

Such good news! Congrats, Michael!

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“Thanks for everything, from the heart. You’ve made me the happiest man in the world today and for the past 17 years. You have no idea how proud I am to be a Barça player.” -Xavi (2015)

Graham Hunter (2012): Most of the players call him “Maki”, which is short for maquina, machine in Spanish. It’s such a prosaic, industrial nickname for such an inventive player, but there is a warm and positivity attached to it. Xavi is always working, always smiling, and always having a playful verbal dig at someone. Perpetual motion. His passes come off an incessant production line. So, there you have Xavi – fun to watch, fun to be around. Sublime player, top man. A footballer who epitomizes what has gone right about Barcelona over the last decade.

Ph: David Ramos