WATCH: Michael Sam And Boyfriend React To Draft News
Michael Sam made history on Saturday, becoming the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL. ESPN cameras were on hand when Sam received the call from the St. Louis Rams, broadcasting the emotional moment.
Sam was named SEC defensive player of the year for this season, but surprised many experts going very late in the draft. He was picked in the seventh round, 249th out of 256th total overall draft picks.
In interviews with ESPN and the New York Times, Sam publicly discussed his sexuality earlier this. His coaches and teammates at Missouri, where Sam played defensive end, had known, but had not discussed it before then due to his wishes.
In an official statement from the White House, President Obama congratulated Sam on this milestone.
“From the playing field to the corporate boardroom, LGBT Americans prove everyday that you should be judged by what you do and not who you are,” said the statement.