Jan 3, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Michael Sam (52) runs on the field before the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at the 2014 Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium. Missouri beat Oklahoma State 41-31. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

BREAKING NEWS: Michael Sam Becomes First Openly Gay Player in Football


On Sunday February 9, 2014 the world of football was introduced to its first openly gay player. Michael Sam, a defensive end from Missouri, revealed to the world that he was gay. Michael Sam is an NFL prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft and is viewed as a mid round pick.

Sam is an All-American defensive end this year and was the SEC defensive player of the year, registering 11.5 sacks this season.

Last year, Jason Collins became the first active, gay athlete and after Collins’ announcement, the question was posed: “Was the NFL ready for an openly gay player?” Many thought that it wasn’t, but with Sam destined for primetime, the league will have its first openly gay athlete.

The immediate question regarding this news is “Will Sam’s sexuality hurt his draft stock?” While many may think it will, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network tweeted this just moments after Sam’s announcement:

The jury is still out on how Sam’s sexuality will affect the rest of his career, but what is certain is this: Michael Sam is displaying an amazing amount of courage to announce that he is gay, when it is not clear if the NFL is ready for an openly gay player and one can only hope that this act opens the doors for other gay athletes.

More on this story to come

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