Michael Sam Sports News and Trivia

Michael Alan Sam, Jr. is an American football defensive end. He attended the University of Missouri, where he played college football for the Missouri Tigers football team for four years.

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Born: January 7, 1990 (age 24), Galveston, TX

  • Michael Sam attended Hitchcock High School in Hitchcock, Texas, where he played football.
  • Michael Sam was recruited by a number of colleges, he accepted a scholarship with Missouri.
  • He was a consensus All-American and the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.
  • On February 9, 2014, he announced that he was gay in an interview with Chris Connelly on ESPN’s Outside the Lines,
  • After completing his college football career, Michael Sam publicly came out as gay.
  • He was selected by St. Louis in the seventh round, with the 249th overall pick, of the 2014 NFL Draft, becoming the first openly homosexual player to be drafted.
  • If he plays with the team, he will also become the first openly gay player in the NFL.
  • Sam is the seventh of eight children born to JoAnn and Michael Sam, Sr.
  • His parents separated when he was young
  • As a child, Michael Sam watched one of his older brothers die from a gunshot wound.
  • Another older brother has been missing since 1998, and his other two brothers are both imprisoned.
  • On February 15, Michael Sam returned to Missouri with the Tigers football team to accept the 2014 Cotton Bowl championship trophy at a ceremony held at the halftime of a Missouri Tigers basketball game at Mizzou Arena.


Homosexuality in the NFL:

Few American football players have come out as gay. There has never been an active player who was publicly out in the National Football League (NFL) or at the Division I level of college football. Six former NFL players have come out publicly after they retired.  A Division I player, Michael Sam, came out in February 2014 after his college career and prior to the 2014 NFL Draft.

Athletes who are Gay

Name Highest level Position
Wade Davis NFL Defensive back
Ed Gallagher NCAA Division I Offensive tackle
Alan Gendreau NCAA Division I Placekicker
Kwame Harris NFL Offensive tackle
David Kopay NFL Running back
Ray McDonald NFL Running back
Conner Mertens NCAA Division III Placekicker
Michael Sam NFL Defensive end
Roy Simmons NFL Guard
Brian Sims NCAA Division II Defensive tackle
Jerry Smith NFL Tight end
Esera Tuaolo NFL Defensive tackle


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