Michael Sam Wasn’t Going To Come Out Until After Draft

Michael Sam

Earlier this year, former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam made a ground-breaking announcement and became the first openly gay athlete to enter the NFL Draft. It was a great moment in sports, but it is one that almost didn’t happen.

“When I came out in February, it actually wasn’t the time I wanted to come out. I was going to come out to my [pro] team – whoever drafted me,” he said in an interview prior to his historic May 10 selection by the St. Louis Rams, speaking to PEOPLE exclusively for a portfolio of gay professional athletes on their choices to play and live openly.