The Michael Sam Effect

Sam is the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL today.
1:47 | 05/12/14

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Something they're calling the Michael Sam effects the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL revealing something big about America. Starting with proof that sometimes making a bold move can make you an even bigger star ABC's Paula Ferris now. And. And those tears -- Julie Michaels AM and then embraced reaching far beyond the game of football. The Saint -- -- select Michael sands. He wins -- -- selected -- the first openly gay and to play any benefit out. Sam's jerseys so popular the NFL is scrambling to keep up with demand. Just what I do -- And more endorsement deals like this -- and are expensed in the NFL tackling any ounce of controversy neatly -- dolphins safety Don Jones. Makes a statement saying he gets slapped -- and we'll find their because of that fining and suspending a Miami Dolphins player who tweeted his reaction to that kiss. Support from Ellen DeGeneres did basketball great Magic Johnson. Not long ago Sam told our Robin Roberts. It could be a beacon for those people in the light -- hey I can be comfortable model's skin. And be like Michael -- His pick could also impact Missouri law which currently does not ban discrimination either hiring or firing. Based on sexual orientation. But his biggest challenge comes on the field -- -- players are -- -- -- and only half of last year's seventh round picks even made the team. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- And it's on the gridiron where we will find out truly how great Michael Sam will be. -- -- ABC news New York.

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