Openly gay NFL star has opened up about his relationship, revealing he did not get on with his boyfriend when they first met.
In May, the football player shared a kiss on live TV with boyfriend Vito Cammisano after making history with his draft to the St Louis Rams, causing outrage among anti-gay groups.
The pair both went to the University of Missouri, where Cammisano was the star of the swimming team.
Sam told Out magazine: “We didn’t start off as huge fans of each other.”
He recounted first meeting Cammisano him at a lingerie party, where he was dressed as a rabbit and was throwing up.
“I went up to him to ask if he was OK, and he started cursing at me, screaming, ‘Fuck off — do you know who I am?’
“I told him I didn’t care who he was. We didn’t speak again for two years.”
On meeting him again two years later, Sam said: “I could see he was interested… I bought him a couple of drinks, got us tipsy.
“Toward the end of the night, I put my arm around him, and it was over.”
The pair then started dating, though their relationship was initially shrouded in secrecy.
He said: “Everyone knew Vito was gay, so we couldn’t even be seen together. There was a lot of climbing out of windows.
“Vito was really the person who showed me I had to [come out]. I wanted us to be comfortable.”
A planned Oprah Winfrey documentary about Sam’s life was previously shelved to allow him to concentrate on his playing career, and he has had a reduced media presence in recent weeks.