Bill Belichick doesn't typically release statements on college prospects leading up to the the Combine, but Michael Sam's story is anything but typical in the world of the NFL.
Less than a day after Sam told the world that he is gay, Belichick made a statement saying that the Patriots have been evaluating Sam like any other player -- and they will continue to do so.
“We evaluate all the players, including Michael Sam, based on the totality of who they are and who can best contribute to our team and organization, regardless of the matters being discussed today," Belichick said. "They all have strengths, they all have weaknesses and no two human beings are identical. Our scouting staff has performed extensive work on Michael, both this season and going back throughout his career. That work will continue through the draft process this spring."