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Michael Sam

AKA Michael Alan Sam, Jr.

Born: 7-Jan-1990
Birthplace: Galveston, TX

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Gay [1]
Occupation: Football

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: First openly gay player drafted by the NFL

SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, and projected by experts to be a 3rd-round NFL draft pick in 2014 before publicly coming out as gay. After that announcement, he was instead selected in the draft's 7th and final round by the St. Louis Rams, and cut from the roster during pre-season. He then spent several weeks working out with the non-roster practice squad for the Dallas Cowboys, before being cut again. If he signs with another NFL team, he could become the first openly gay man to play pro football in America.

Meanwhile, he has signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.


[1] 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
Mother: JoAnn

    High School: Hitchcock High School, Hitchcock, TX
    University:
BA, University of Missouri (2013)

    SPORTS FRANCHISE HISTORY
    Montreal Alouettes (CFL) Defensive End (2015-)


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