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Michael Sam

Michael Alan Sam, Jr. (b. January 7, 1990) is an American football defensive end, who played college football at Missouri. On February 9, 2014, Sam announced that he is gay in interviews with ESPN and The New York Times. Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in May 2014, making him the first openly gay NFL player in history. He was released by the Rams in August 2014 and then joined the Dallas Cowboys, but was again cut in October 2014.

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Michael Sam returns to Canada to restart football career with Montreal Alouettes

Monday, June 29, 2015
Montreal Alouettes defensive lineman Michael Sam speaks to reporters after returning to practice with the Canadian Football League team Monday, June 29, 2015, in Montreal. Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team, could not make the roster of the St. Louis Rams and signed with Montreal. He left the Alouettes for what he said were personal reasons, but returned to the team this week.
In the city where Jackie Robinson made the jump to the big leagues — and a country where gaysame-sexmarriage has been legal for a decade — Michael Sam has come to restart his football career. ...

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Michael Sam leaves CFL camp for personal reasons

Sunday, June 14, 2015
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The CFL team said the rookie defensive end has been given special permission to return home to Texas. The Alouettes are keeping the "nature of his decision" confidential. ...

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Michael Sam: Focused on football, not making history in CFL

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Newly signed Montreal Alouettes defensive end Michael Sam tosses a ball while posing at a press conference in Montreal on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.
Michael Sam says his priority is helping the Montreal Alouettes win, not making history as the first openly gay player in the Canadian Football League. ...

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Montreal Alouettes sign openly gay defensive end Michael Sam

Friday, May 22, 2015
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Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, signed a two-year contract Friday with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football league. ...

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One year after Michael Sam was drafted, has anything changed?

Monday, May 11, 2015
Defensive End Michael Sam, from Missouri, runs through a drill during the NFL Super Regional Combine football workout, Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz.
One year ago, Michael Sam was supposed to change the world. Actually, that's not a fair statement. Sam did, in fact, change the world. Or at least send notice that our world was changing. ...

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Michael Sam among 105 ‘vets’ eyeing that elusive spot in the NFL

Sunday, March 22, 2015
Defensive End Michael Sam, from Missouri, runs through a drill during the NFL Super Regional Combine football workout, Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz.
The strain and sweat on their faces showed just how much one more chance in the NFL means to Michael Sam and 104 others. ...

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One year later, has Michael Sam been frozen out of the NFL?

Sunday, February 8, 2015
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A year ago today Michael Sam came out publicly to a tsunami of support. Yet comments from NFL executives foretold his next 12 months as he struggled to latch onto a team as an openly gay man. Now he's fighting ...

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Michael Sam, partner Vito Cammisano get engaged while vacationing in Italy

Saturday, January 10, 2015
Michale Samand Vito Cammisano, in a photo posted to Instagram by Sam on Jan. 6, 2015, while the couple was vacationing in Italy.
Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafter in the NFL, is set to marry longtime boyfriend, Vito Cammisano. The couple got engaged this week while vacationing in Rome, according to reports. ...

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Michael Sam: The first openly gay player drafted in the NFL has no regrets

Sunday, December 28, 2014
Former Dallas Cowboys Michael Sam walking on the field before the first half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 7, 2014. Sam said in a TV documentary that aired Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, that coming out as gay was the right thing to do, although he'd have preferred the news come out after he informed the team that drafted him.
Michael Sam says the the reassuring hand of his partner Vito on his shoulder during the wait to get picked in the NFL draft affirmed his decision to reveal his sexual orientation to the nation. ...

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Michael Sam says he heard from other gay NFL players after he was drafted

Friday, December 26, 2014
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After becoming the first openly gay player drafted into the National Football League, Michael Sam says he has been contacted by other gay players in the NFL who aren't public. ...

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