Michael Sam, a defensive lineman from the University of Missouri, spoke publicly about his sexual orientation for the first time Sunday.
While Russia made headlines for its law prohibiting “propaganda” homosexual to minors, a young football player broke barriers in claiming his homosexuality openly.
Michael Sam could become the first openly gay player to play in the NFL since he will be eligible for the draft Goodell tour next May.
Michael Sam: The American six feet two inches and 260 pounds was voted to the first All-Star NCAA team in addition to being named the defensive player of the year in the South East Association, one of the best the country. He participated in the Senior Bowl last month after leading association in terms of sacks (11.5) and tackles for loss (19).
The 24 years is listed among the hopefuls who could be selected in the first round of the draft. He decided to assert his homosexuality publicly this time since he felt that there were rumors about her.
Michael Sam: “I wanted to be sure to tell my story of how I wanted it. I’m not naive. I know the importance of this statement. But my job is to train for testing the NFL (combines) and play in the NFL, “he has said in interviews with The New York Times and ESPN.
Michael Sam spoke of his sexual orientation to his teammates before the start of last season. “I was a little nervous. I knew they doubted, but their reaction was positive and they have supported me from day one, “said the young man who had a difficult childhood with the death of two brothers and a sister so that it is the 7th of 8 children.
Michael Sam: “When I made my coming out to my teammates, I knew who I was. I knew I was gay. I knew I was Michael Sam I was proud of me and I did not care who knew it. If someone asked me in the street if it was true that I was a homosexual, I would have said yes to him, “Has he said.
Jason Collins, a veteran of 12 seasons in the NBA, said his homosexuality last spring after the season . Robbie Rogers, a soccer player, had also revealed his sexual orientation after his retirement in very young age of 25. Through positive encouragement, Rogers resumed his career to settle with the Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS .