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Michael Sam, an All-American defensive lineman from Missouri Tigers and the Associated Press’ SEC Defensive Player of the Year, said that he is gay in interviews with ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” and the New York Times on Sunday.

Sam stated publicly what his teammates and coaches at Mizzou have known since August: “I am an openly, proud gay man.”

Sam is eligible for the NFL draft in May. Assuming that he is drafted, Sam could become the first openly gay player in the history of the NFL.


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Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesDefensive end Michael Sam says he told his Missouri teammates in August that he was gay and they “rallied around me and supported me.”


“I understand how big this is,” he said. “It’s a big deal. No one has done this before. And it’s kind of a nervous process, but I…

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