AKA Michael Alan Sam, Jr.
Birthplace: Galveston, TX
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Gay 
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 team, he could become the first openly gay man to actually play in the National Football League.
 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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