Monday, May 12, 2014

Michael Sam Congratulated By Obama as he Becomes The First Openly Gay Player in NFL

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Michael Sam, made history on Saturday when he got drafted into the NFL the first openly gay player in the history of the football league. Micheal Sam is an All-American defensive end who played for the University of Missouri, and was picked by the Rams in the seventh and final round, among the last 10 players selected.

ESPN filmed a tearful Sam in his home with his boyfriend receiving the call from St Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher to tell him that he had been selected to be a part of the team. The video also featured a happy Sam kissing his boyfriend after getting the call.

ESPN was also the first to break the story of Micheal Sam, who had announced in February that he was gay during an interview with sports channel, saying:
"I'm Michael Sam. I'm a football player and I'm gay. I just want to own my truth before anyone breaks a story about me."

President Obama congratulated Michael Sam yesterday, in a press release by the White House.

“The President congratulates Michael Sam, the Rams and the NFL for taking an important step forward today in our Nation’s journey. 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,”

Micheal Sam may also make history for being the most tweeted-about draft pick. Just 40 minutes after being drafted, there were already about 110,000 tweets referencing Michael Sam or @MikeSamFootball, including tweets from the Rams, the NFL, and supportive teammates.

“Football is all about making plays, welcome to the Squad @MikeSamFootball Rams Nation accept you for who you are… #ShowTime,” tweeted Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

“S/O to @MikeSamFootball congratulations to the SEC Defensive player of the year, 1st team All SEC .. an All American.. It’s just football..,” running back Benny Cunningham tweeted.

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