Michael Alan Sam, Jr. He played college football for the University of Missouri and was drafted by the St. After completing his college football career, Sam publicly came out as gay. He became the first publicly gay player to be drafted in the NFL. The Rams cut him during the final preseason roster cutdowns. He also spent time on the Dallas Cowboys ' practice squad before being waived. He began traveling with the school's varsity football team while in the eighth grade as a water boy.
He later became a member of the team, playing defensive end and offensive tackle. He earned first-team All-District honors as a defensive lineman in all four years of high school, and as an offensive lineman in his junior and senior years. Out of high school, Sam was considered a two-star college football recruit by Rivals.
Sam accepted a scholarship offer from the University of Missouri Mizzouafter he was recruited by Craig Kuligowski, the team's defensive line coach.
Kuligowski recruited other players near Hitchcock, which made him familiar with Sam. He played for the Tigers, competing in the Big 12 Conference.
He redshirted in Football players numbers by positions for sexual health first year at Missouri, and recorded 3. As a senior inSam recorded He led the SEC in both categories, and tied Missouri's single-season record for sacks. During his college career, Sam accumulated tackles, including 36 for loss, 21 sacks, six forced fumbles and two intercepted passes. Sam struggled at the new position.
At the draft33 defensive ends were selected overall, with 23 taken in the final four rounds. Louis Rams drafted Sam in the seventh round, the th of players selected in the draft. He became the first publicly gay player to be drafted into the NFL. Sam made his professional debut on August 8,during the first preseason game against the New Orleans Saintswhere he made one tackle in the game on quarterback Ryan Griffin. During the second preseason game against the Green Bay PackersSam recorded his first professional sack where he sacked Matt Flynn.
In preseason game 3 against the Cleveland Browns, Sam sacked Manziel. In four exhibition games, Sam recorded 11 tackles and 3 sacks, including a team-leading 6 tackles in the final game.
Louis released Sam as part of a final round of cuts to reduce their roster to the league-mandated 53 players before the start of the regular season. Opting to add depth at other positions, St. Louis did not add Sam to their practice squad Football players numbers by positions for sexual health he cleared waivers.
On September 3,Sam was added to the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys. On May 22,Sam signed a two-year contract with Montreal Alouettes of the CFL,   which made him the first openly gay player in the league's history. On June 12, a day before the Alouettes' first preseason game, Sam was granted permission to leave camp for "personal reasons" to return to home to Texas, and was placed on the suspended list.
On June 26, the team announced that Sam had returned to Montreal and would resume practicing with the team on June He did not record a tackle in the game.
He left the team the following day, citing concerns with his mental health after a month stretch which he described as "difficult". Montreal again placed him on their suspended list.
On August 14,Sam announced, on Twitter, he was stepping away from professional football due to mental health reasons. His parents separated when he was young. Another older brother has been missing since and his other two brothers are in prison. A sister who was born before him died in infancy.
Sam argued with his mother, a Jehovah's Witnessover playing football, as she did not agree with those pursuits. Sam often stayed with friends while in high school; the parents of a classmate gave him a bedroom in their house and had him complete household chores.
In AugustSam took the opportunity of a team introduce-yourself session to inform his Missouri teammates that he was gay, and found them supportive. The New York Times wrote that his father, a self-described "old-school On February 9,in an interview with Chris Connelly on ESPN 's Outside the LinesFootball players numbers by positions for sexual health responded to questions about his coming out experience and his status as one of college football's first openly self-acknowledged gay players.
I still love him, whatever his lifestyle is. He's still my brother and I love him. Anti-gay activist Shirley Phelps-Roper and about 15 other members of the Westboro Baptist Churchan organization widely considered a hate groupprotested his appearance.
Students organized a counter-protest numbering in the thousands, [a] assembling a "human wall" in front of the protesters. After being drafted by the Rams, Sam's emotional reaction to his draft was broadcast live on television, during which he kissed his boyfriend, Vito Cammisano.
Reported to have been dating Sam for several months, Cammisano is a fellow alum of the University of Missouri and was a member of the school's swim team. On February 24,Sam was announced as one of the celebrities to compete on the 20th season of Dancing with the Stars.
He partnered with professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This is the latest accepted revisionreviewed on 8 November For the English criminal, see Michael Sams. Student counter-protesters form a wall in support of Sam.