In the seventh round of the NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams selected Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, making him the first openly gay player to be drafted in the NFL. He was the 249th of 256 draft selections.
It was an emotional moment for Sam, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, who came out publicly in February.
He was shown on live TV, getting the phone call from Rams head coach Jeff Fisher. He broke down in tears before sharing a kiss with his partner.
Fisher appeared on NFL Network shortly after.
“I don’t have any concern whatsoever. We drafted a good football player, and I’m excited to get him on the practice field and get him going.”