Former Missouri star defensive, Michael Sam, has come out of the closet.
Why is this big news? The reason is because Michael Sam is up to be drafted into the NFL and that would mean he would be the first openly gay player in the league. He actually came out to his teammates and coaches this past August and says that he is an “openly, proud gay man.”
In interviews with ESPN, The New York Times and Outsports, Sam says he came out to his teammates and coaches at Missouri in August.
Sam says: “I am an openly, proud gay man.”
The 255-pound Sam participated in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., last month after leading the SEC in sacks (11.5) and tackles for loss (19), and he is projected to be a mid-round NFL draft pick.
He says: “It’s a big deal. No one has done this before. And it’s kind of a nervous process, but I know what I want to be. I want to be a football player in the NFL.”
The league has also come forward to show their support. In a statement Sunday night, the league said:
“We admire Michael Sam’s honesty and courage. Michael is a football player. Any player with ability and determination can succeed in the N.F.L. We look forward to welcoming and supporting Michael Sam in 2014.”
Every day I am seeing how far this country and we as a people have come when it comes to equality for everyone. We hope it continues to grow and we wish Michael Sam
Watch his announcement below.
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