Michael Sam was picked 249th overall by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday, making him the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL.
When finally selected — which seemed like it might not happen so late in the day — Sam and his boyfriend wept into each others’ arms, later sharing a wedding-like cake-smash and kiss.
Sam got the news via a phone call from Rams head coach Jeff Fisher. ESPN cameras were on hand at the residence where Sam watched and waited (and waited some more).
Being drafted by St. Louis is a bit of a homecoming for Sam. He enjoyed a successful college football career as defensive end of the Missouri Tigers — the state school — where he was named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year and First-Team All-American his senior year.
Following the final whistle of his collegiate career, Sam had announced publicly that he is gay.
The newest member of the St. Louis Rams will be presented with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at “The 2014 ESPYS” in Los Angeles on July 19 in Los Angeles.
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