Oprah Winfrey has commissioned a documentary about newly-drafted gay NFL player Michael Sam.

Sam joined the St Louis Rams on Saturday in the seventh round of the draft, making history as the first openly gay NFL player.

Oprah announced today that cameras will follow Sam as he embarks on his journey with the team, for an untitled TV documentary on her OWN network.

She said: “We are honoured that Michael is trusting us with his private journey in this moment that has not only made history but will shape it forever”

I am proud of the focus on authentic storytelling in our new documentary series format.

“The next real-life story we follow in ‘The Untitled Michael Sam Project’ promises to spark valuable, important discussion on life in America today. Acceptance and illumination start here.”

A release date for the project is yet to be announced.

Sam said: “Like every player out there working to make a team right now, my focus is on playing football to the very best of my ability.

“I am determined. And if seeing my story helps somebody else accept who they are and to go for their dreams too, that’s great.

“I am thankful to Oprah for her support and excited to work together.”

Learning of his selection on Saturday, Sam burst into tears, before kissing his boyfriend Vito Cammisano in front of the cameras.

Cammisano, a swimmer, has reportedly been dating Sam for several months, but it was not announced whether he would be involved in the TV project.