President Obama Congratulates Michael Sam


Published 05/11 2014 05:06PM

Updated 05/11 2014 05:16PM

(CNN) President Barack Obama congratulated Michael Sam for being the first openly gay football player taken in the National Football League Draft.

A White House Statement on Saturday said the President congratulated Sam, the Saint Louis Rams, which drafted the All-American defensive end, and the NFL.

The statement went on to say, "From the playing field to the corporate boardroom, LGBT Americans prove everyday that you should be judged by what you do and not who you are."

Earlier this year, Sam revealed he was gay, which led some to question if he hurt his chances of being drafted.

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