Since University of Missouri football player Michael Sam announced he is gay, the athlete has made national headlines. This week his story is on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
The magazine's managing editor, Chris Stone, said after Sam came out, there was no question he would be the lead story, even beating out Olympics coverage.
Sam revealed in an ESPN interview on Sunday that he is gay, saying he wanted to be true to himself.
His courage has been hailed by teammates, famous athletes, football fans and even President Obama and the First Lady.
Yet, according to a recent New York Times article, Sam's father is struggling with the news.
The newspaper writes Michael Sam Sr., received a text message on his birthday last Tuesday from his son.
Sam Jr., wrote simply, "Dad, I'm gay."
Sam Sr., told the newspaper, "I don't want my grandkids raised in that kind of environment."
"I'm old school," he added. "I'm a man-and-a-woman type of guy."
Sam Sr. later added that he loves his son, and he hopes his son makes it to the N.F.L.
"As a black man, we have so many hurdles to cross," he said. "This is just one he has to cross."
Michael Sam Jr. tells the New York Times he had anticipated his family's uneasiness adding, "I'm closer to my friends than I am to my family."