Michael Sam Is The First Openly Gay Football Player Drafted Into The NFL (VIDEO)

By: Chris Greenberg – 

Michael Sam has reached the NFL. The NFL has reached out to Michael Sam. Both milestones made American sports history.

The first-team All-American defensive lineman from the University of Missouri became the first openly gay player ever drafted into the NFL when the St. Louis Rams selected him with the 249th pick in the seventh round of the 2014 draft. Sam, the 2013 SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year, waited until the eighth-to-last selection to hear his name called at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Saturday.

In a powerful scene broadcast by ESPN after his selection was announced, Sam could be seen overcome with emotion as he received a phone call from Rams coach Jeff Fisher. As he celebrated the historic moment, Sam shared an embrace and kiss with his boyfriend.

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