On Sunday night, former co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year and NFL Draft prospect Michael Sam made the announcement to the world. It was a ground-breaking announcement that would make Sam the first openly gay athlete in the NFL if he is drafted.
Sam is currently projected to be a mid-round pick, and we can all hope his decision to announce who he is does not have a negative impact on his draft stock.
As soon as Sam made his announcement, the support began to pour his way on social media as people applauded his courage and bravery to share the world his story.
Here is some of the support that Sam has been receiving via social media:
Huge announcement from Michael Sam. Proud of the courage and honesty from one of the best DE’s in Mizzou history. pic.twitter.com/4sR18RBE02
— Mizzou Pooper (@mizzoupooper) February 10, 2014
Michael Sam stuff has me in tears. What a beautiful, powerful moment. So much props for his school and teammates.
— Dids (@b_dids) February 10, 2014
Mad respect to Michael Sam… Very courageous to come out as gay before going to the NFL… Hopefully people will see beyond his sexuality
— Evan Dziobak (@EvanAlmighty83) February 10, 2014
It’s awesome to see that someone isn’t afraid of admitting who they are despite what others may think, Good for you Michael Sam! #courage
— Collin Gilmore (@cgilmore94) February 10, 2014
All the respect to Michael Sam, brave & bold.
— Brian Pachinger (@Bwpachinger) February 10, 2014
— Charles Crain (@charlescrain) February 10, 2014
I’m sooooo happy to hear about Michael Sam, such a much needed and important moment for sports
— X-Wing @Aliciousness (@ARoss_Zamora) February 10, 2014