College Football Star Michael Sam Says He Is Gay

9 February 2014Sports

John Branch, reporting for The New York Times:

Coaches at the University of Missouri divided players into small groups at a preseason football practice last year for a team-building exercise. One by one, players were asked to talk about themselves — where they grew up, why they chose Missouri and what others might not know about them.

As Michael Sam, a defensive lineman, began to speak, he balled up a piece of paper in his hands. “I’m gay,” he said. With that, Mr. Sam set himself on a path to become the first publicly gay player in the National Football League.

I can’t imagine how difficult this young man’s decision must have been. Unlike other professional athletes that have come out upon retirement, he made this announcement prior to the NFL draft, potentially putting his career on the line.