(NEW YORK) — Missouri defensive end Michael Sam announced in interviews with ESPN’s Outside the Lines and the New York Times on Sunday that he is gay.
The 6-foot-1, 260-pound Sam told his teammates and coaches at Missouri about his sexual orientation in August.
“I came out to my teammates and they took it great,” Sam told ESPN. “They rallied around me, they supported me and I couldn’t ask for more.”
Sam, who was the SEC’s 2013 Co-Defensive Player of the Year, is eligible to be drafted in May. If drafted, Sam would become the first openly gay player in NFL history.
Sam had an SEC-leading 11.5 sacks, and 19 tackles for a loss, last season.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN