Aug 8, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam (96) defends against the New Orleans Saints during the first half at Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Sam gets his first sack (GIF)

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Since St. Louis Rams’ defensive end Michael Sam announced he was gay shortly after the 2013 college football season came to an end, he has been the center of attention in the sports world.

Sam was a star for the Missouri Tigers last season. He made 48 tackles, including 11.5 sacks and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year. He helped the Tigers win the SEC’s East Division and make the SEC Championship Game where they were defeated by the Auburn Tigers. They finished the season by beating the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Cotton Bowl to close out one of the greatest seasons in school history.

Prior to the NFL Draft, many questioned whether Sam would be a distraction while other criticized his game with many believing his Missouri teammate, Kony Ealy was the superior player. That’s why Sam last until the seventh round when the Rams took him with the 249th-overall pick.

Sam made his NFL debut last week in a 26-24 loss to the New Orleans Saints and was back  in action Saturday afternoon when the Rams played host to the Green Bay Packers. Sam got the chance to show what he could do in the second half. Sam took advantage of his opportunity, making his first career sack. You can watch the play below.

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