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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, becoming one of the first openly gay college football players. If he is drafted in the 2014 NFL Draft or signed by an NFL team as an undrafted free agent, he will become the first active openly gay player in NFL history.

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Michael Sam accepts Arthur Ashe Courage Award

| Thursday, July 17, 2014
St. Louis Rams' Michael Sam, left, and his partner Vito Cammisano arrive at the ESPY Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL draft pick, was awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the annual ESPY Awards on Tuesday. Sam, who announced earlier this year that he is gay, teared up throughout his speech and his voice faltered at times as he accepted the award, named for the late tennis player who died in 1993 after contracting HIV from a ...

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OUT: Michael Sam and the draw that changed American sports forever

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL, graces the cover of the August issue of OUT Magazine, the first time he has appeared on the cover of a gay publication.

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Michael Sam signed to four-year contract with St. Louis Rams

| Friday, June 13, 2014
St. Louis Rams rookie defensive end Michael Sam stretches during the team's NFL football rookie camp Friday, May 16, 2014, in St. Louis.
ST. LOUIS -- Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, has been signed to a four-year, $2.65 million contract with St. Louis Rams. Fox Sports reports that the Rams announced on Thursday afternoon that they had signed all 11 of their picks from last month’s draft.

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Michael Sam: No issues fitting in with St. Louis Rams

| Sunday, June 8, 2014
St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam speaks to the media following an organized team activity at the NFL football team's practice facility Friday, June 6, 2014, in St. Louis.
Michael Sam is confident he'll be judged on performance. The first openly gay player drafted in the NFL said Friday there have been no issues fitting in with his St. Louis Rams teammates, no awkward moments in the locker room and that he was accepted right away. "They respect me as a human being," he said.

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Read These Lips

VIA: The New York Times | Sunday, May 25, 2014
Sean Adl-Tabatabai, left, and Sinclair Treadway kiss each other as they are announced officially married during a wedding ceremony in the Council Chamber at Camden Town Hall in London, minutes into Saturday, March 29, 2014.
A KISS is nothing. On the sidewalks, in the park, I see one every few minutes, a real kiss, lip to lip. It barely registers. It’s as unremarkable as a car horn in traffic, as an umbrella in rain...

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Michael Sam’s draft pick likely to expand NFL’s gay fan base

| Saturday, May 17, 2014
St. Louis Rams seventh-round draft pick Michael Sam listens to a question during a news conference at the NFL football team's practice facility Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis.
Years before Michael Sam was born, gay-rights activists Kate Kendell and Paul Guequierre were already die-hard National Football League fans. For them and other gay fans of the NFL — their passion for pro football was rewarded with a moment they describe as thrilling: the decision by the St. Louis Rams to make Sam the first openly gay NFL draft pick.

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Oprah Winfrey Network postpones Michael Sam documentary

| Friday, May 16, 2014
St. Louis Rams rookie defensive end Michael Sam takes part in a drill during the team's NFL football rookie camp Friday, May 16, 2014, in St. Louis.
The planned documentary by the Oprah Winfrey Network on Michael Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player, has been postponed.

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Dallas host: ESPN airing Michael Sam kiss ‘shocking,’ strippers OK for a.m. TV

| Friday, May 16, 2014
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After the internet exploded earlier this week with video of Dallas morning show host Amy Kushnir storming off the set amid a heated debate over ESPN’s broadcast of Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend, Kushnir took to Fox News on Thursday to further lament that the kiss was “shocking,” “inappropriate” and “over the top.”

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Former NFLer Wade Davis helping St. Louis Rams, Michael Sam transition

| Thursday, May 15, 2014
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ST. LOUIS -- The head of an advocacy group for gay and lesbian athletes said he spent a full day this week helping the St. Louis Rams prepare for the arrival of Michael Sam, who hopes to become the first openly gay player in the NFL.

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Oprah Winfrey Network plans series on NFL’s Michael Sam

| Wednesday, May 14, 2014
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NEW YORK -- The Oprah Winfrey Network says it plans to produce a documentary series following the life of Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team.

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