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Michael Sam becomes first openly gay player drafted to NFL

Published On: May 10 2014 07:03:16 PM EDT   Updated On: May 10 2014 07:51:01 PM EDT
Michael Sam gay football player

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL has its first openly gay player after the Saint Louis Rams drafted Michael Sam on Saturday.

Sam was selected with the 249th overall pick in the NFL draft. The University of Missouri defensive end becomes the first openly gay athlete drafted into one of the United States' four major professional sports leagues.