College football star Michael Sam and the St. Louis Rams made history Saturday night when the team made him the first openly-gay player ever drafted by a National Football League team.
The highly decorated defensive end was drafted in the seventh round, 249th overall, and famously kissed boyfriend Vito Cammisano after smashing cake in his face on national television.
Sam was named as both an All-American and the SEC Defensive player of the year after a stellar senior campaign last season for the University of Missouri but saw his draft stock plummet after a poor showing at the scouting combine earlier this year.
Sam was shown on television crying as he received the phone call notifying him he would indeed be an NFL player, he then kissed Cammisano before they hugged and cried tears of joy.
‘Thank you to the St. Louis Rams and the whole city of St. Louis. I’m using every once of this to achieve greatness!!’ The grateful player tweeted shortly after being picked.
‘He’s a good football player,’ Rams coach Jeff Fisher told NFL Network just after the pick was announced. ‘We got a good football player… I’m excited about the possibility of adding him to our defensive front.