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, 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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L.G. Patterson, APMissouri defensive lineman Michael Sam, center, dances as he jokes with teammates during pro day for NFL football representatives Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Columbia, Mo.

Michael Sam in spotlight at Missouri’s pro scouting day

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Michael Sam certainly draws a crowd. Scouts from more than 30 NFL teams, fans and media packed Missouri's training facilities Thursday to watch the former Tigers defensive end and 14 of his former teammates at the school's annual pro day. [ Read more → ]
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Klingenschmitt: ‘It’s a tragedy every time somebody comes out of the closet’

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
On today’s “Pray In Jesus Name” program, Former Navy chaplain Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt interviewed conservative author Michel Brown about a variety of issues, including the announcement by NFL prospect Michael Sam that he is gay. [ Read more → ]
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A year after anti-gay remarks, 49ers’ Chris Culliver continues LGBT outreach

Friday, March 7, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver is continuing his outreach to the LGBT community more than a year after his anti-gay remarks leading up to the Super Bowl. [ Read more → ]
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GOP lobbyist releases text of bill to prohibit openly gay players in the NFL

Thursday, February 27, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Republican lobbyist behind the campaign to ban Michael Sam and any other openly gay football player from joining the NFL, released the text of his proposed federal legislation on Thursday. [ Read more → ]
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D.C. lobbyist says he is preparing legislation to prohibit gays in the NFL

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
A top Washington lobbyist said this week he is preparing legislation that would prohibit gays fro playing in the NFL, and that he has the support of more than three dozen unnamed lawmakers. [ Read more → ]
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Michael Sam just wants to be known as a football player whose sexuality isn’t news

Saturday, February 22, 2014
Michael Sam needed no introduction. He provided one anyway, subtly spelling out his desire to be known simply as a football player whose sexuality isn't a national story... [ Read more → ]
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NFL combine begins: It’s as good a time as ever for an openly gay NFL player

Thursday, February 20, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- This could be as good a time as there has ever been for an openly gay player in the NFL. The league will be watching. [ Read more → ]
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Fans give Michael Sam standing ovation at Missouri basketball game

Saturday, February 15, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Michael Sam received a standing ovation when he appeared on the arena video boards during Missouri's basketball game against Tennessee on Saturday. [ Read more → ]
Colin Murphy for LGBTQ NationA Westboro Baptist Church member protests Michael Sam's coming out.

Students form human wall to block Westboro Baptist protest at Mizzou

Saturday, February 15, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Members of the Westboro Baptist Church, home of the anti-gay extremists behind the “Gods Hate Fags” and “God hates the World” fundamentalist movement, on Saturday protested the coming out of Missouri football player Michael Sam outside Mizzou Arena on the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia. [ Read more → ]
Chris Lee, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (AP)In this 2012 file photo, Missouri linebacker Michael Sam (52) is congratulated by teammate Matt Hoch after returning a fumble seven yards for a touchdown against Southeastern Louisiana during the first quarter, in Columbia, Mo.

Michael Sam prompts coaches, athletic directors to review policies

Saturday, February 15, 2014
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze has coached gay players before during his 20-year career. Though Freeze declined to name the two players he coached before arriving on Mississippi's campus because of privacy, he said there is no exact protocol for how to handle a situation like the one that arose with Michael Sam. [ Read more → ]
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Dallas sportscaster who spoke out in support of Michael Sam appears on Ellen

Friday, February 14, 2014
From his news desk in Dallas, Texas, Dale Hansen spoke out in support of openly gay football player Michael Sam, and the point he made was heard round the world. Ellen DeGeneres had him on her show Friday to talk about his statement in person. [ Read more → ]
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Dallas sports anchor on Michael Sam: ‘Celebrating our differences’

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Dallas sports anchor Dale Hansen at WFAA-TV addresses the notion that some people will be "uncomfortable" with an openly gay NFL player. [ Read more → ]
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Canadian Football League players fined for anti-gay tweets about Michael Sam

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
MONTREAL -- The Canadian Football League fined two players Tuesday for making inappropriate comments about openly gay NFL prospect Michael Sam. [ Read more → ]
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Sports Illustrated: ‘America is ready for Michael Sam… Is the NFL?’

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Michael Sam, the Associated Press’ SEC Defensive Player of the Year from Missouri, who came out as gay on Sunday and could become the first openly NFL player, graces the cover of Sports Illustrated this week, which asks, "Is the NFL ready" for an openly gay player? [ Read more → ]
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Kent State wrestler suspended for ‘fag’ tweets aimed at Michael Sam

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
KENT, Ohio -- A wrestler at Kent State University has been suspended indefinitely for a series of anti-gay tweets on Monday, including referring to Missouri football player Michael Sam as "that fag." [ Read more → ]
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1st openly gay NFL player to face challenges most other rookies don’t

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Michael Sam will face a daunting set of challenges that most rookies don't have to deal with when making the already formidable jump from college to the NFL. [ Read more → ]
L.G. Patterson, AP"Sam" is spelled in the snow on the north side of Missouri's Memorial Stadium, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 in support of Missouri's All-America defensive end Michael Sam, in Columbia, Mo. Sam hopes his ability is all that matters, not his sexual orientation. Sam came out to the entire country Sunday night, Feb. 9, 2014, and could become the first openly gay player in America's most popular sport.

Mizzou officials applaud Michael Sam’s ‘courage’

Monday, February 10, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said Monday that Michael Sam first revealed he was gay at one of the football team's get-acquainted dinners last summer. The next day, Sam told the entire team. [ Read more → ]
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White House appaluds Michael Sam’s coming out: ‘An inspiration to all of us’

Monday, February 10, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The White House is applauding a University of Missouri football player's decision to announce that he is gay, with President Barack Obama's spokesman, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden all portraying him as a courageous and inspirational athlete. [ Read more → ]
G.M. Andrews, APMichael Sam, at the Senior Bowl NCAA college football game on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in Mobile, Ala.

Michael Sam bravely comes out … Now what?

Monday, February 10, 2014
Finally, we'll get to see how this plays out, an openly gay player lining up in America's most popular sport. Finally, we'll get to see what barriers we've broken down and, more important, what hurdles remain when someone acknowledges they are gay, then competes with and against guys who may be repelled by the notion of having a relationship with another man. Because of Michael Sam, it will be easier for the next guy. And the guy after that. But for all the progress this country has made in gay rights, there will surely be plenty of ugliness in the weeks and months and years to come. [ Read more → ]
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Michael Sam’s coming out: Tolerance is about to be tested in the NFL

Monday, February 10, 2014
Tolerance is about to be tested in the National Football League. And Michael Sam hopes his ability is all that matters, not his sexual orientation. Missouri’s All-America defensive end came out to the entire country Sunday night and could become the first openly gay player in America’s most popular sport. [ Read more → ]
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All-American defensive lineman, NFL prospect Michael Sam comes out as gay

Sunday, February 9, 2014
Missouri All-American Michael Sam says he is gay, and the defensive end could become the first openly gay player in the NFL. [ Read more → ]
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