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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Michael Sam Reacts to Being Drafted by The St Louis Rams (Video)

(Via New York Times)

"One player seemingly no N.F.L. team wanted Michael Sam, a consensus all-American at Missouri and The Associated Press’ defensive player of the year in the S.E.C., college football’s most competitive conference. Sam was also the first publicly gay player waiting to be drafted.

Finally, after nearly seven numbing hours of picks on Saturday, the third and final day of the draft, Mike Kensil, an N.F.L. employee walked to the podium and read Sam’s name. 

Cheers erupted among the several hundred fans still left at Radio City Music Hall.

Sam’s draft status was seen as barometer of whether the N.F.L. was ready to accept an openly gay player, particularly since the N.B.A. had already broken that barrier earlier this year when Jason Collins joined the Brooklyn Nets.

Reaction was swift. 

“Congrats to @MikeSamFootball on becoming a @STLouisRams,” Eric Dickerson, the former Rams running back wrote on Twitter. “Welcome to the #Rams family.”  "

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