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Former Mizzou player, potential NFL draft pick reveals he is gay

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Former Mizzou player, potential NFL draft pick reveals he is gay

By Chase Snider. CREATED Feb 9, 2014

Former University of Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" and the New York Times on Sunday night that he was openly gay. The Missouri player was an All-American and named SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

Sam told ESPN that he came out to his team back in August. Many analysts expect him to be a mid-round pick during the NFL draft in May.

If drafted, Sam would become the first openly gay NFL player.

Reaction on social media

After the story broke, comments were quick to explode on social media. Both Mizzou head coach Gary Pinkel and the NFL released statements on Twitter.