Michael Sam Becomes First Openly Gay Player Drafted by NFL — Celebrates by Kissing Boyfriend on TV
History has just been made! Michael Sam had to wait until the final round of this weekend's NFL draft for it to happen, but he ultimately became the first openly gay football player to ever get drafted by the NFL. Way to go, Michael!
Michael, 24, played college football for the past four years at the University of Missouri. In his recently completed senior year, he was named a consensus All-American and the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
In February 2014, Michael announced publicly that he is gay. He was seen as likely to be drafted in the third or fourth round of the NFL draft. But after a poor showing at the NFL Scouting Combine later that month, his stock fell.
However, his big moment finally came. On May 10, Michael was taken in the seventh and final round of the draft by the St. Louis Rams. Michael was the 249th overall pick, out of 256 total picks.
"Thank you to the St. Louis Rams and the whole city of St. Louis," Michael tweeted after being drafted. "I'm using every ounce of this to achieve greatness!!" Jeff Fisher, coach of the Rams, tells ESPN, "In a world of diversity we live in, I am honored to be a part of this." After his name was called during the draft, Michael celebrated by kissing his boyfriend on live TV.
But not everyone seems thrilled by the media coverage of this story. Bachelor star Juan Pablo Galavis tweeted that he was tired of constantly hearing about Michael's sexuality.