Missouri Tigers defensive end Michael Sam courageously came out on Sunday and opening up to the world about his sexuality. If he gets drafted this season and makes an NFL squad, which he should, he’ll be the first openly gay player in the NFL.
“Once I became official to my teammates, I knew who I was,” Sam told The New York Times. “I knew that I was gay. And I knew that I was Michael Sam, who’s a Mizzou football player who happens to be gay. I was so proud of myself, and I just didn’t care who knew. If someone on the street would have asked me, ‘Hey, Mike, I heard you were gay; is that true?’ I would have said yes.”
Sam’s teammates knew all season long and didn’t leak it out, allowing Sam to not only be himself but open up on his own. Sam wasn’t hiding it necessarily, he wore a rainbow colored rubber bracelet all season with the word “pride” on it. The bracelet looks like it reads “MU Pride” but the first part is covered up so it is hard to tell.
It is hard to see in the picture above, but below is a close up via SB Nation’s Brian Floyd:
Here are some other pictures: