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Michael Sam: I have met a lot of gay players in the NFL

Joseph McCormick March 27, 2015

Out gay NFL hopeful Michael Sam has said he knows there are “a lot” of gay players in the NFL, and that a number of players have come out to him as gay, since he did publicly.

The 25-year-old who has had brief spells with the St Louis Rams and the Dallas Cowboys – made history as the first openly gay NFL player in May 2013, though he is yet to play an on-season game.

He got engaged to partner Vito Cammisano in January, during a trip to Italy.

Speaking to the Star Tribune, Sam said: “I am not the only gay person in the NFL,” Sam said Thursday. “I’m just saying there is a lot of us. I respect the players that did reach out to me and had the courage to tell me that they were also gay, but they do not have the same courage as I do to come out before I even played a down in the NFL.

He continued: “Was it a risky move? Yes. But at that moment, the reason why I came out is I thought it wasn’t going to be a big deal. Maybe I was naive. Maybe I thought it was 2014, and people will understand that there’s gay NFL players. There’s gay athletes everywhere. But I was clearly wrong. It was a huge deal.

“The players who have reached out to me and told me about their sexual orientation, it just means a lot. But I will never say anything about who they are, what teams they are [on]. I’m just saying there’s some famous people, and I’m not the only one.”

He last week said he is “very confident” that he will be drafted to a professional team.

Sam said in a recent interview that he has received criticism – because his fiancé is white.

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