“I came to tell the world I’m an openly proud gay man,” Sam said in an ESPN interview. The 3-day NFL draft ended Saturday on a historic note as Michael Sam, the first openly gay player was drafted by the St. Louis Rams.
President Obama congratulated Sam on Saturday, saying; “From the playing field to the corporate boardroom, LGBT Americans prove everyday that you should be judged by what you do and not who you are.” He also congratulated the NFL and the St. Louis Rams.
Sam, an All-American defensive end who played for the University of Missouri, made history when he was picked by the Rams in the seventh and final round. He was the 249th of 256 players selected.
The 24-year-old got the news by telephone from Rams’ coach Jeff Fisher, who told Sam: “You are a Ram. The wait is finally over.” Sam, who was filmed by ESPN as he got the call, broke down in tears in the arms of his boyfriend. “Thank you,” he could be heard saying to Fisher.
I wonder how the openly heterosexual players will feel with someone in the showers who is sexually attracted to them? Not exactly Jackie Robinson, but this will get more press. If you’re not supposed to care, then why does everyone care?