AFTER seven rounds and 248 other players, Michael Sam became the first openly-gay player to be selected by an NFL team during the NFL’s annual draft in the US earlier today.
Sam, who was also a consensus all-American at Missouri and The Associated Press‘ Defensive Player of the Year in the Southeastern Conference, which is considered American College Football’s most competitive conference, was quick to take to Twitter after it was announced that the Rams had drafted him for the upcoming football season.
Thank you to the St. Louis Rams and the whole city of St. Louis. I’m using every once of this to achieve greatness!! pic.twitter.com/QESdOJVzsw
— Michael Sam (@MikeSamFootball) May 10, 2014
“Thank you to the St. Louis Rams and the whole city of St. Louis,” Sam said, not long after he was shown on ESPN kissing his boyfriend at the moment that he received the news of his drafting. The news of Sam’s recruitment was equally received by the St Louis Rams playing base both past and present, with Eric Dickerson who is Hall of Fame Running Back for the Rams swiftly tweeting:
However, while there was all round compliments for both Sam and the St Louis Rams, there was also concern from some commentators and retired NFL players over how long it took for Sam to be drafted by an NFL team, given his college football credentials. Deion Sanders, who is a television commentator and former NFL player tweeted before Sam’s drafting:
Some team needs to Draft Michael Sam and be real the kid can play! Truth
— DeionSanders (@DeionSanders) May 10, 2014
This was soon followed by a tweet from retired Minnesota Vikings Quarterback Sage Rosenfels that he was deeply surprised as to how low Sam’s draft pick was:
— Sage Rosenfels (@SageRosenfels18) May 10, 2014
Michael Sam will now head to the St Louis Ram’s Training Camp, where he will compete against other rookies and veterans alike for a spot on the St Louis Rams’ 55 man team roster.
Watch the emotional video of Michael Sam reacting to the news of his NFL draft: