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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 has already left CFL’s Alouettes

Saturday, August 15, 2015
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"The last 12 months have been very difficult for me, to the point where I became concerned with my mental health," Sam tweeted Friday. ...

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Michael Sam makes Canadian Football League debut

Saturday, August 8, 2015
Montreal Alouettes' Michael Sam (94) warms up for the team's Canadian Football League game against the Ottawa Redblacks.
And that makes him the first openly gay player to ever appear in a Canadian Football League game. ...

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Openly gay footballer Michael Sam to make Alouettes debut

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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The Alouettes play Saturday in Calgary, and coach Tom Higgins says the defensive end could compete in any of the five games in August. ...

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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
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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