President Obama Congratulates Michael Sam

President Obama Congratulates Michael Sam

President Obama extended congratulations to former Missouri football player Michael Sam, after Sam became the first openly gay player selected in the NFL draft.
(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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