Transcript for Michael Sam 'Excited' for NFL Draft, Will Get Arthur Ashe Courage Award at ESPYs
Michael Sam is used to taking headlines on the football field. The S.E.C. Defensive player of the year at mizzou. When he came out in February, he made history. And with the NFL draft tomorrow, he's hoping to become the first openly-gay football player. I had a chance to talk to him about his coming out and the possibility of playing in the NFL. So good to have you here, Michael. Thank you, robin. Thursday, draft day. How long have you been thinking about that? I've been thinking about this moment since junior year of college. It's a very nervous time and exciting time. I'm ready for it. Nervous and exciting, all at the same time. Those are good emotions to have. This whole process is just amazing. I'm glad to be a part of it. Mow important was it for you to make the statement that you did, that you're a proud, openly gay man, before the draft? I came out to my team during camp. And they didn't have a problem with it. They helped me. I gave it all to those guys. And the end, that was amazing. In M, they took the "M" from Missouri and spelled Sam. When I saw that, I had tears in my eyes. Defensive player of the year in the S.E.C. How does that translate into the NFL franks? The coaches know I'm a great football player. Where I go, it doesn't matter. As long as I get to put a Jersey, that's going to make me happy. This big honor in July, Arthur ashe award for courage. Yes. What does that say to you? It's a great honor to be presented this award. It's a great on honor. You yourself won this last year. Thank you. I came out and was the first one to do it, I think shock can be a beacon for others. When young athletes maybe gay or maybe not. And I think I can be a beacon for those people. I can be comfortable in my own skin and be like Michael Sam. Was deion sanders on point with his statement that all locker rooms, high school and the professional leagues are occupied by players that are afraid to come out? On the night of my announcement, I got messages for college and NFL players in a sport industry. About how courageous I was. They themselves are closeted homosexuals. I'm not the only one. There's a lot of us. You heard from some. I heard from a good portion of them. What do you want people to know, on the eve of the NFL draft? I'm here to stay. I'm not going anywhere. I want to thank everyone for their support. And it's okay if Uruguay. If someone disowned you, you can be a part of my family. I accept you. That's beautiful. Hey, ikele Sam, thank you for being who you are. I'll see you at the espys. Yes, ma'am. And kudos to his university, Missouri. He told his team last year before he went public. They voted him mvp. Wasn't a big deal at all for him. P
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