Michael Sam Celebrates Emotional Draft Pick Moment With Boyfriend

St. Louis Rams make history when they draft the openly gay football player.
3:10 | 05/12/14

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Okay, we turn to history in the NFL. Michael Sam drafted by the St. Louis rams becoming the first openly gay player drafted. There is the emotional moment when he got the word with his boyfriend but he almost wasn't picked and using that as motivation. ABC's Mara schiavocampo is in the social square with his story. Reporter: Good morning. You know, that announcement is not only making history, it is getting a lot of attention. Take a look at Sam's Jersey for sale online. The NFL says it's already a top seller by not everyone is celebrating the news. It's sports history sealed with a kiss and this morning, a little controversy. Michael Sam celebrating with his boyfriend, moments after learning he was drafted by the St. Louis rams becoming the first openly gay player in the NFL. The St. Louis rams select Michael Sam. Reporter: Sam was eighth to last pick Saturday taken in the seventh round ending months of speculation about whether he would even be selected at all. While the defensive end was initially elated, he quickly turned to Monday morning quarterbacking about getting picked so late writing on the rams Twitter account "From last season alone, I should have been in the first three rounds." Michael is really focused on the big picture. Michael's focusing on getting ready to go to St. Louis and to become a ram. Reporter: Many congratulated Sam on the announcement from president Obama to Sam's fellow athletes. I think it's a great day for the NFL. Reporter: Came to tell the world that I'm openly proud gay man. Reporter: After coming out in February he recently told robin he hoped to be an inspiration to other gay athletes. I think I could be a beacon for them and I can be comfortable in my own skin and be like Michael Sam. Reporter: Not everyone on the sidelines was cheering about how openly he celebrated with his boyfriend. Don Jones tweeting "Horrible. That post has been deleted. Jones fined and temporarily excused from team activities. But some say it shows Sam will continue facing pushback off the field. These tweets tell us it's not going to be an easy road for Michael Sam but I do think he'll be welcomed in St. Louis. Reporter: Now, Jones has apologized for his inappropriate comments and lots of people have taken to social media. The St. Louis rams Facebook page has been lighting up. Thousands of people clicking like to show their enthusiasm for the team's choice and Sam's own tweet has gotten thousands and thousands of retweets and favorites. Robin, George. Mara, thank you very much. And he's the first S.E.C. Defensive player of the year not to go in the first round since 2006 but did have a poor combine. He did do well in the one-on-one workouts. It doesn't matter when you go, it's where you go and he's in a great situation and fuel his desire to prove -- No question. And in St. Louis he also has the luxury in some ways of having a big line in front of him so he can develop over time. Very good, George. You're really watching that in there. All right.

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