'This Week': Michael Sam Drafted

ABC's Martha Raddatz and USA Today's Christine Brennan on Michael Sam's historic NFL draft selection.
2:17 | 05/11/14

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Now to a football first. An NFL team drafted an openly gay player. Michael Sam had to wait until the seventh round last night. Check out his emotional reaction when he finally got the historymaking phone call from the coach of the St. Louis rams. A lot of tears and a kiss for his boyfriend. "Usa today's" Christine Brennan joins me now. Historymaking indeed. What does this mean for the NFL culture and the fans? Well, you just mentioned the culture. The NFL is by far the most popular league in the country, Martha. If he had not been drafted, can you imagine the questions, what's wrong? Why, NFL? Why, in 2014? And there was a while we thought he wouldn't be drafted. It went forever. Only seven players drafted after him. There were questions about his skill based on the combine and the way he worked out. But it was just, I think, the right moment. The NFL needed this. I think the country needed this. A lot of social media comment last night. One from the dolphins second year defensive back don Jones who tweeted out, omg right after the video of the kiss aired. When somebody asked if he was referring to the embrace, he responded horrible. They've since taken the tweet down. The dolphins were the ones with the bullying story. That continues. The NFL has been the last bastion of male supremacy. And yes, there were gay players, who were, of course, not out, even in the '60s and '70s. I think it's about time. Going forward. If he doesn't do well. All eyes will be on Michael Sam. And now the question becomes, does he make the team? Jason Collins is playing in the playoffs in the NBA. The first openly gay man in the NBA. Now the question will be, can Michael Sam make the rams? I think he'll be able to do it. He's a very, very good player. The co-defensive player of the year in the southeastern conference. And a new generation of fans coming up. 40% of the fans in the NFL are female. And all these young -- Young, young, young. The 80-year-old fan won't be around 20 years from now but the 20-year-old will. They have a very different view of this. Thank you, Christine. Now to the scandal at in the

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