According to ESPN, Michael Sam made history Saturday afternoon, when the St. Louis Rams officially made him the 249th overall choice in the 2014 NFL draft.
The Missouri defensive end became the first openly gay player to be drafted in league history and seeks to be the first openly gay athlete ever to play in the NFL.
Video of Sam receiving the call from the Rams and coach Jeff Fisher was emotional as it had begun to look as though Sam was not going to find an NFL home at all.
“Let me tell you something, if we were playing the Vikings right now, I’d probably have three sacks the first game. Since February and my big announcement, this has been a whole [lot of] speculation of the first openly gay football player, but you know what? It’s not about that. It’s about playing football. Can Michael Sam play football? Yes, I can, and the St. Louis Rams know I can. I am going to give everything I’ve got to the St. Louis Rams to help the Rams win a championship. The moment my name was called was the single greatest moment of my life.”
Worth noting, The Rams also signed African American player Kenny Washington in 1946 thus ending a 12 year ban on African American players in the NFL. So, this was just another part of being on the right side of history for them.
Said Coach Fisher,
“This is the second historic moment in the history of this franchise. From that standpoint, from a historic standpoint, I’m honored to be a part of that.”
The White House released a statement expressing congratulations from President Obama.
“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.”
And there you have it! Congratulations to Michael Sam and his new team The St. Louis Rams for making history! Now…get out there and show em what you can do!
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