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NFL: Sam becomes first openly gay player drafted into NFL

Published on May 11, 2014 7:41 AM
 
The National Football League Draft selected its first openly gay player Saturday when the St. Louis Rams took Michael Sam in the seventh round. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - The National Football League Draft selected its first openly gay player Saturday when the St. Louis Rams took Michael Sam in the seventh round.

Sam, who starred as a defensive end for the University of Missouri and went public with his sexuality in February, had an agonisingly long wait for the historic moment.

He was taken with the 249th overall selection on the final day of the annual allocation of new talent for America's most popular sport.

As a senior at Missouri, Sam notched 11.5 sacks and 19 tackles for losses as he earned first-team All-American honours and the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors.

 
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