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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, 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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Rams coach: Michael Sam was no distraction in training camp

| Saturday, August 30, 2014
Michael Sam watches pregame festivities before the start of the South Dakota State-Missouri NCAA college football game Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Columbia, Mo. Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team, was released by St. Louis Rams Saturday.
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher says he was in Michael Sam's corner from the start and that having the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team was no distraction at all in training camp. Fisher says that releasing Sam was purely a football decision.

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St. Louis Rams cut Michael Sam, 1st openly gay player drafted in the NFL

| Saturday, August 30, 2014
St. Louis Rams cut Michael Sam, 1st openly gay player drafted in the NFL
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams have cut Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team. The 7th-round draft pick has been outspoken and confident as his progress was watched as closely as any rookie in the league. He has been cheered by athletes and celebrities. In the end, the defensive end couldn't make a team stocked with pass-rushers.

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The Waiting Game begins anew for Michael Sam

| Friday, August 29, 2014
St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam looks up at the scoreboard from the sidelines during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Fla.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- For Michael Sam, it's time for another waiting game, another chapter of waiting for the phone to ring and seeing what someone on the other end says about his future. And as was the case on NFL draft weekend, Sam is confident things will work out as he hopes. Sam's preseason came to an end Thursday night, with a team-best six tackles ...

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ESPN apologizes for report on Michael Sam’s shower habits with Rams

VIA: Outsports.com | Friday, August 29, 2014
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ESPN has apologized for airing a segment by reporter Josina Anderson that focused on how members of the St. Louis Rams are dealing with showering with openly gay teammate Michael Sam. The report greatly angered Rams coach Jeff Fisher, who called it unethical, reports Outsports.com

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Michael Sam gets last chance at Rams’ preseason impression

| Thursday, August 28, 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.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Michael Sam is about to get one last chance to show the St. Louis Rams why he belongs on their 53-man roster. For him — and everyone else on NFL roster bubbles — a preseason finale is anything but meaningless. Sam and the Rams visit the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night, the last exhibition for both clubs and the last opportunity for players...

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Michael Sam survives first training camp cuts with Rams

Outsports.com | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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Michael Sam was not among the cuts the St. Louis Rams made Tuesday, Sam's agent Cameron Weiss confirmed with Outsports. That ensures Sam will have one final preseason game in which to make the team's roster.

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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 cut Michael Sam, 1st openly gay player drafted in the NFL
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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