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Published On: Mon, Feb 10th, 2014

Missouri all-american, NFL prospect, Michael Sam announces he’s ‘an openly proud gay man’

Michael Sam of Missouri appears to be poised to become the first openly gay player in the NFL.

Michael Sam EPSN interview gay NFL playerIn interviews with ESPN, The New York Times and Outsports that were published Sunday, Sam said he came out to all his teammates and coaches at Missouri in August.

‘‘I am an openly, proud gay man,’’ he said.

Sam will participate in the NFL combine later this month in Indianapolis and is currently projected to be a mid-round draft pick in May.

‘‘It’s a big deal. No one has done this before. And it’s kind of a nervous process, but I know what I want to be … I want to be a football player in the NFL,’’ he told ESPN.

The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Sam participated in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., last month after leading the Southeastern Conference in sacks (11.5) and tackles for loss (19). He was the SEC defensive player of the year.

“I just want to make sure I could tell my story the way I want to tell it,” said Sam, who also spoke with ESPN on Sunday. “I just want to own my truth.”

‘‘We admire Michael Sam’s honesty and courage,’’ the NFL said in statement. ‘‘Michael is a football player. Any player with ability and determination can succeed in the NFL. We look forward to welcoming and supporting Michael Sam in 2014.’’

There have been a few NFL players who have come out after their playing days, including Kwame Harris and Dave Kopay.

“I’m not naïve,” Mr. Sam said. “I know this is a huge deal and I know how important this is. But my role as of right now is to train for the combine and play in the NFL.”

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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  1. Clementina Fennelly says:

    I am saying that he is totally mad gay man.

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