According to NY Daily News:
The St. Louis Rams drafted Michael Sam, football player, in the NFL draft on Saturday (May 10th). They drafted Sam in the seventh round, not because they thought the league or the world owed him a job because he announced he was gay on his way out of the University of Missouri. They drafted him because they thought he might be one of those low-round picks who might pay off and help them be a better team someday.
As good as Sam was in college, the SEC defensive player of the year as a senior, there were always going to be concerns about where he fit in the NFL, because of his height (6-foot-2), because he is smaller than most defensive linemen, because nobody was sure if he could make the switch to linebacker in the pros.
Now we will find out. Sam got drafted late. But he got drafted. Then the phone was ringing and Sam, openly gay football player, was told that his name had been called, a few months after he had called it himself in front of the world.
This was not a noble decision by the Rams. It was a football decision. This was still a good thing at the NFL draft on Saturday, for Michael Sam and for his sport and maybe for the country. It will be even better if he makes the team now.
Check out to draft announcement and Sam’s reaction: