Michael Sam Becomes First Openly Gay Player Drafted by NFL Team

11 May

President Obama congratulated the openly gay University of Missouri player, who made history Saturday when he was picked by the St. Louis Rams during the NFL draft. Sam is the first openly gay athlete to be drafted by a pro football team

Michael Sam became the first openly gay football player to be drafted by a National Football League team Saturday when the St. Louis Rams picked him in the seventh round of the league’s draft.

Sam was the 249th pick out of 256 players total, the Associated Press reports. A defensive end, Sam won the Southeastern Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year Award while playing for the University of Missouri last year.

ESPN cameras that were with Sam recorded him breaking down in tears and kissing his boyfriend after getting the draft call from Rams coach Jeff Fisher. Sam also got a congratulatory message from President Barack Obama in the form of a White House statement issued Saturday.


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