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.
- Monday, April 25, 2016The measure is among several that have been put forth in conservative states in the past year that have been deemed discriminatory.
- Thursday, April 21, 2016Sam came out as gay before the 2014 NFL draft.
- Thursday, March 31, 2016"People have told me I’m not gay enough, people have told me I’m not black enough."
- Thursday, March 24, 2016Rams coach Jeff Fisher says these claims are "absolutely absurd; 100% incorrect."
- Tuesday, July 28, 2015The Alouettes play Saturday in Calgary, and coach Tom Higgins says the defensive end could compete in any of the five games in August.
- Monday, June 29, 2015In 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.