NFL draft prospect comes out as gay

Updated: 02/09/2014 9:04 PM | Created: 02/09/2014 8:58 PM
By: Jeffery Gordon,

An NFL draft prospect made history on Sunday.

Former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam became the first openly gay NFL draft prospect in league history.

Sam says he told his team he was gay last August.

He is a first team All-American and was the Associated Press’ SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

"It's a load off my chest,” Sam said in an interview with ESPN. “I told my teammates this past August, I came out to my teammates and they took it great. They rallied around me, they supported me and I couldn't ask for better teammates."

NBA player Jason Collins, who came out in 2013, revealed on twitter that he has talked with Sam.

Collins wrote:

“For the past 2 days I have met with @MikeSamFootball here in LA. He is a great young man who has shown tremendous courage and leadership.”

If Sam is drafted, he could become the first openly gay player in NFL history.

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