Michael Sam announcement
Former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam says his new Rams teammates "respect me as a human being and as a football player."
The head of an advocacy group for gay and lesbian athletes said he spent a full day this week helping the St. Louis Rams prepare for the arrival of Michael Sam, who hopes to become the first openly gay player in the NFL.
Days after becoming the first openly gay player selected in the NFL draft, former Mizzou standout and St. Louis Rams' seventh-round pick Michael Sam was formally introduced during a Rams' press conference.
Sam was picked by St. Louis near the end of the seventh round Saturday, with the 248th overall pick. He will try to become the NFL's first publicly gay player when in the Rams' training camp.
St. Louis made the Missouri defensive end the first openly gay player to be drafted to the NFL.
Michael Sam, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, announced earlier this year that he is gay, making him set to become the first openly gay player in the NFL. ESPN is honoring Sam for "his courage and honesty that resonates beyond sports."
With a looming draft, Michael Sam needs the opportunity to showcase his skills in order for his drama-filled journey to finally reach the NFL.
If Michael Sam is drafted in the NFL, the Missouri defensive end will be judged strictly on whether he can play and whether he can help his team win. Everything else will be trivial.
Michael Sam, a defensive end for Missouri, asked that this letter be published today, when he and other NFL prospects will be working out during the school's pro day.
Recent Missouri graduate Michael Sam suffered a hamstring injury during Pro Day on Thursday at the Devine Practice Facility.
Sam ran a 4.91-second 40-yard dash, 18th among 40 defensive linemen. He bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times, tied for worst at his position. Sam will be looking to improve his numbers when Missouri holds its Pro Day on March 20.
Michael Sam produced 11.5 sacks as a senior. Here's the low-down on each one.
The 35-year-old center revealed at the end of last season he is gay, but he was a free agent and had remained unsigned.
Michael Sam made his first press conference appearance at the NFL combine in Indianapolis on Saturday and tried to steer the conversation away from the much-publicized story of his sexuality.
Former Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam signed with Empire Athletes, a California-based sports agency, Feb. 7. But it wasn't the first agency he signed with.
A group of 14 protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church was countered by more than one thousand people who formed a wall to show their support for Michael Sam.
The early morning crowd at Hy-Vee Cafe share their reactions to Michael Sam's announcement, ranging from indifference to support for the football player.
Reactions from around Missouri about Michael Sam's announcement that he is gay vary greatly. But most everyone offers an opinion.
MU student Daniel Shapiro reflects on the community's response to former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam's announcement on Sunday that he is gay.
Virgil Jeffery captured and posted the viral snowy "Sam" tribute picture on Facebook while he was operating a crane at Faurot Field Monday morning.