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Michael Sam

College Football Star Reveals

... I'M GAY

2/9/2014 5:17 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Missouri Tigers superstar Michael Sam -- one of the best college football players in the country -- has revealed he's gay ... and the timing comes just months before he will enter the NFL Draft.

Sam -- the SEC Defensive Player of the Year -- made the announcement publicly on Sunday  ... saying, "I am an openly, proud gay man."

If (and when) he's drafted, Sam will be the first openly gay man on an NFL roster in the history of the league.

"I understand how big this is. It's a big deal. No one has done this before. And it's kind of a nervous process, but I know what I want to be ... I want to be a football player in the NFL."

24-year-old Sam said he already confided in a few friends ... and realized people knew while he was at the Senior Bowl. Sam says he dated another male athlete at Missouri, but not a member of the football team.

Sam says he finally came out to his teammates last year ... and they couldn't have been more supportive.

"I was kind of scared, even though they already knew. Just to see their reaction was awesome. They supported me from Day One. I couldn't have better teammates. ... I'm telling you what: I wouldn't have the strength to do this today if I didn't know how much support they'd given me this past semester."

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31.

WickedSouL    

Wow. .. that's brave for the young man... now u are truly free...

223 days ago
32.

olu32    

I'm happy for him. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter what people think about you, it's what you think about yourself. To thine own self be true

223 days ago
33.

Fry Daddy    

I don't know if it was smart for him to do this before being drafted. Brave non the less though. Any one who thinks its choice should talk to the mothers of gay individuals. Most of them will tell you their child was 'different' from a very early age.

223 days ago
34.

Coupe09    

Woohoo! Love this kind of news! :o)

223 days ago
35.

zombie007    

Don't drop the soap.

223 days ago
36.

Lil-za    

Oooh lalaaaa!

223 days ago
37.

Safire    

Why do people have to advertise who they sleep with? Tmz and their gay agenda lol

223 days ago
38.

ohplezze    

When will blk men stick around to raise their male children to be heterosexual male's.

223 days ago
39.

Machelle    

I just don't see the purpose of making an announcement.

223 days ago
40.

summer days    

He's not "advertising" or "sharing" people! He is just not hiding - like others have had to! Don't like it? Get over it!

223 days ago
41.

Milehigh    

Someone really needs attention.

223 days ago
42.

Gary Walker    

The internet is full of trolls. You are just looking for a negative reaction.

I'm an old man of 48 years old... and use my REAL name when I post my opinions. I don't use anonymous names like 'puff the magic penis.'

Really? You think you are clever and witty?

223 days ago
43.

nirrad    

The main people that are making jokes are probably in the closet themselves

223 days ago
44.

Yomama     

Black women lost Blackman to Asian women, then white women and now other *****.

223 days ago
45.

Drew    

Good Luck Michael Sam, I really hope you still get drafted and Kudos to the team that does.

223 days ago
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