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College Football Star Michael Sam Comes Out as Gay

The University of Missouri standout is likely to be the NFL's first openly gay player.
3:00 | 02/10/14

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The ground-breaking news for the NFL. Likely to have its first openly ga gay player in the history of the league. Michael Sam, an all-american at the university of Missouri, came out yesterday. Chris Connelly is here today. Michael Sam expected to be picked high up in the draft. Between the third and the fifth round, say our experts. He led his team to a cot ten bowl victory. Now he's leading us to a landmark moment in professional sports. I came to tell the world that I'm an openly proud gay man. Reporter: Historic words. Why is mow the right time for you to be telling the word this news? Because, Chris, I want to own my truth. No one else should tell my story but me. Reporter: The defensive standout who led the S.E.C. In qb can be sacks last season, he'll enter the NFL draft in may. You could become the first openly gave open ly gay player if T er in the history of the NFL. What is your message to the teams drafting? That they not just see a gay lath L athlete but an athlete that knows the game. Reporter: He knew great adversity. Seeing my older brother killed from a gunshot wound. Not knowing my older sister died as baby. Reporter: He came out to his teammates and coaches last August. They supported me from day one. Reporter: Have you thought about what this announcement will mean to players right now afraid to make the kind of statement you're making today? They shouldn't be afraid of who they are. You call me a pioneer. That's good and great but, I'm a -- I'm a football player. I'm Michael Sam. A college graduate. I'm african-american. And I'm gay. Last week on the phone, Michael came out to his mother and father. They told him they love him and they support him. George? What a story. He's a great, great player. Also the fact that he came out to his team before the season started. Had a terrific year. They voted him mvp. The support he's receiving. It's great. I hope the world that he is entering is ready for him. And those 32 front offices as well. But what a brave young man. People are going to be watching the draft. Hey, ginger zee. This winter storm.

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