St. Louis Rams draft Mizzou's Michael Sam, becomes first openly gay player in NFL

Just when everyone thought the SEC player of the year may not get picked in the NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams swooped in to pick him up.

With the 249th overall pick in the 7th round, the Rams took Mizzou's Michael Sam. Watch the video of Sam as he receives the phone call from the Rams.

Back in February, the Missouri All-American defensive end openly announced that he is gay . He is now the first openly gay player in the NFL.

Sam joins three other Mizzou teammates on the Rams; Tim Barnes, T.J. Moe and E.J. Gaines.

The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Sam participated in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. in January, after leading the Southeastern Conference in sacks (11.5) and tackles for loss (19). .

There have been a few NFL players who have come out after their playing days, including Kwame Harris and Dave Kopay.

Last year, NBA player Jason Collins announced he was gay after the season.

Collins, a 35-year-old backup center, was a free agent when he came out and has not signed with a new team this season. MLS star and U.S. national team player Robbie Rogers also came out a year ago.

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