Coming out and the NFL

John Branch at the New York Times reported last night that College Football Star Michael Sam Says He Is Gay; May Become First Publicly Gay Player in N.F.L. Josh Eidelson at Salon tweeted this quote from Sam: “I just want to own my truth.”

Today, Jon Wertheim at Sports Illustrated followed it up with: Michael Sam, SEC Defensive Player of the Year, says he is gay. Richard Deitsch there wrote, “I just woke up in Sochi. 7:08 a.m. Mike Sam. Wow. Good for him.” Mike Suszek at Joystiq said, “This is great, can't wait for the NFL draft now!” Freelancer Cliff Corcoran called the whole thing “Brave & heroic.”

Here’s the story from ESPN Michael Sam of Missouri Tigers says he's gay.

In solidarity, Sam’s alma mater @Mizzou tweeted: “We support Tigers of all stripes at Mizzou. Proud of you @MikeSamFootball! #OneMizzou.” David Nelson at KWQC-TV pointed out, “Michael Sam is trending #1 on Twitter right now.” Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire added, “Proud of this young man. Wishing @MikeSamFootball the best of luck throughout his career.” And Nathan Mattise at Ars Technica shared, “Bravo @MikeSamFootball, inspiration for many. Hope the @Saints (or my Washington Prof. Football Team) pick him up.”

Head to OutSports for The exclusive behind-the-scenes story of how NFL prospect Michael Sam came out.

And be sure to catch Pete Thamel’ explanation in Sports Illustrated on How news that Michael Sam is gay will affect the NFL draft stock. Rob Zerwekh from Fox 4 Kansas City wisely noted, “You would think sexuality would not affect a college football player's draft stock. But apparently it does.”

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