Michael Sam made history as the first openly gay NFL draft pick. He and his boyfriend celebrated with a kiss on live television on ESPN as he got the news that the St. Louis Rams had drafted him.
The 24-year-old Michael Sam was the 249th NFL Draft pick and he had distinguished himself during his University of Missouri years as All-America defensive lineman. But the Mizzou Tigers star went on to make sports history when he came out as gay in two interviews that were released simultaneously earlier in the year; ESPN on television and New York Times in print.
His courageous move had already earned him the 2014 ESPYs Arthur Ashe Courage Award which he will receive during the ceremony in July. Now he has become a draft pick of the St. Louis Rams. As seen in the video below, he received the news by phone at his home where he and his boyfriend were standing by. ESPN captured their emotional reaction and broadcast it live on television. Both broke down in tears and kissed each other.
Michael Sam later Tweeted “Thank you to the St. Louis Rams and the whole city of St. Louis. I’m using every [ounce] of this to achieve greatness!!”
Michael Sam’s boyfriend Tweeted the picture which you can see above, saying: “Wow.What a day. On cloud 9. So proud and happy! #stl #rams #draft @MikeSamFootball
He has not as of yet been identified in media by name, but his Twitter handle is @Vitcamm and in the hours since the historic draft pick, the number of followers he has continues to grow.
You can see a roundup Twitter reactions here.
It’s just the first step and indeed an important one, as Michael Sam may be on his way to becoming the first openly gay NFL player in history if he joins the St. Louis Rams in the upcoming season.
The video of the historic and celebratory moment is below!