Mizzou's Sam Becomes First Openly Gay Player Drafted by NFL

Published 05/10 2014 06:00PM

Updated 05/10 2014 06:08PM

(NEW YORK) The St. Louis Rams made NFL history Saturday when they selected Michael Sam in the NFL draft.

Sam became the first openly gay player ever selected when the Rams took him in the seventh round with the 249th pick overall.

The former Missouri defensive end came out in February, after being named the Southeastern Conference's co-defensive player of the year. His teammates and coaches at Mizzou had kept the secret throughout Sam's senior season.

The 6-foot-2, 255-pound player was projected as a mid to late-round pick but fell to just eight picks away from the final player taken in the draft.

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