Star Missouri football player comes out

Missouri football All-American Michael Sam says he is gay, and because he is projected to be a mid-round NFL draft pick, the defensive end could become the league’s first openly homosexual player.
In interviews published Sunday with ESPN, The New York Times and Outsports, Sam says he came out to his teammates and coaches at Missouri in August.
"I am an openly, proud gay man," he said.
The 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), and has attracted the attention of National Football League scouts.

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Photo: Brandon Wade/AP

Star Missouri football player comes out

Missouri football All-American Michael Sam says he is gay, and because he is projected to be a mid-round NFL draft pick, the defensive end could become the league’s first openly homosexual player.

In interviews published Sunday with ESPNThe New York Times and Outsports, Sam says he came out to his teammates and coaches at Missouri in August.

"I am an openly, proud gay man," he said.

The 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), and has attracted the attention of National Football League scouts.

Read more

Photo: Brandon Wade/AP