In October, America’s first openly gay NFL player was released from the Dallas Cowboys.
But during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Michael Sam says he’s received words for current players who have his back.
Sam said “very few” gay NFL players have reached out to him to show “gratitude.” He wouldn’t say specifically how many when asked, but went onto to say the players told him they “wish they had the courage” to come out.
Sam became the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL back in June but was released from the St. Louis Rams before the season opener. He was signed but the Cowboys shortly after, but later released in late October.
Michael Sam was listed on GQ Magazine’s “Man of the Year” for 2014. He’s repeatedly insisted that he has the talent to compete in the NFL despite being let go by two squads.
Sam’s full interview with Oprah airs Saturday, Dec. 27.
Thank you for your bravery Mr. Sam.
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