Congratulations to the LBGT community who made big strides this weekend when Michael Sam (who came out as Gay earlier this year) was the first openly Gay man to be drafted into the National Football League. While he didn’t go in the early rounds as he was once predicted, the only thing that matters is that he was drafted. Congrats to the St. Louis Rams organization who cared about his abilities on the field instead of his lifestyle choice off the field. This was a big deal for the history of sports!
According to TheYBF:
History was made this weekend after University of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam was drafted into the NFL by the St. Louis Rams. Michael is the very first openly gay football player to be drafted into the league.
The All-American defensive end was picked up in the 7th round, making him the 249th overall pick. After the collegestandout found out the good news, he shared a very emotional kiss with his boyfriend Vito Cammisano.
The two kissed and embraced after Michael was given the news and then Michael happily smashed cake in his beau’s face which aired on national television.
Michael was ecstatic to be drafted into the NFL tweeting,
‘Thank you to the St. Louis Rams and the whole city of St. Louis. I’m using every once of this to achieve greatness!!’
Watch His Reaction Below:
President Obama even congratulated Michael on being the first openly gay player in the NFL. He said in a statement,
“From the playing field to the corporate boardroom, LGBT Americans prove everyday that you should be judged by what you do and not who you are,” Obama said.
The new St. Louis Ram has plenty to celebrate. Not only is he now in the NFL but he also inked an endorsement deal with VISA, starring in their newest commercial.
“We felt that Michael’s story was a perfect fit for our ‘everywhere’ campaign, which is meant to inspire people to reach their own personal goals and aspirations,” Visa’s Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Burke said in a statement. “We wish Michael the best on and off the field as he embarks on the next chapter of his life.”
Watch His New Endorsement Video Below: