SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, and projected to be a 3rd-round NFL draft pick in 2014. After publicly coming out as gay, he was instead selected in the draft's 7th and final round by the St. Louis Rams. If he makes the team, he will be the first openly gay NFL player. John Branch, "N.F.L. Prospect Michael Sam Proudly Says What Teammates Knew: He's Gay", The New York Times, 9 February 2014: "Once I became official to my teammates, I knew who I was. 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."
Father: Michael Sam
High School: Hitchcock High School, Hitchcock, TX
University: BA, University of Missouri (2013)
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