Stacy Revere

NFL Draft prospect Michael Sam comes out as gay

The former Missouri defensive end opened up to the world about his sexual orientation on Sunday, Feb. 9. Projected as a mid-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Sam is poised to become the first openly gay active professional football player.

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Jones fined, suspended for Sam comments

The Dolphins came down hard on Jones for his tweets over the weekend.

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Sam wants to be known as a football player

Michael Sam had his big day with the media at the combine. His focus has been solely on football after coming out as gay before the draft.

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Michael Sam receives standing ovation at Mizzou

Michael Sam returned to the University of Missouri on Saturday to accept the 2014 Cotton Bowl trophy at halftime of the Mizzou-Tennessee basketball game. Mizzou students gave him a standing ovation, and outside on campus students formed a human wall to block a Westboro Baptist Church protest.

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Mizzou students vs. Westboro Baptist

A human wall keeping hate off campus

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A normal football player

At this time, no one knows how things will work out for Michael Sam in the NFL. But it appears the football part will be less challenging for Sam than everything else will be for everyone else.

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The Mizzouminati: Missouri's Secret Society

Sports Illustrated has peeled back the first layer of your eyes. Now peel back the others.

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Evaluating Michael Sam on the field

The former Missouri defensive end has speed, but is that enough to make it in the NFL?

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Several NFL teams voice public support for Sam

It does not excuse the anonymous NFL team scouts and personnel people who discussed the negative draft impact of Michael Sam's coming out, but several teams, either through their owner or coach, have put their name in public with a message of support and openness.

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Michael Sam wore rainbow in at least 8 games

As you can see, Michael Sam didn't hide his status from anyone during his final college football season. He just chose when to reveal it publicly.

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Total strangers talking about Michael Sam

Michael Sam came out to the public on Sunday night. What followed was an avalanche of reactions by total strangers, all of whom felt deeply involved in the news.

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Michael Sam and the NFL Draft media machine

The former Missouri defensive end is out and headed for the NFL. Anonymous sources and the NFL Draft pundits they feed are already getting carried away.

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The NFL seems ready for an openly gay player

Following NFL Draft prospect Michael Sam's decision to publicly come out, anonymous NFL executives seem unconvinced the NFL will welcome an openly gay player. On Twitter, the football community willing to put its name next to its opinion tells a different story.

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