ST. LOUIS (AP) — Michael Sam says St. Louis feels “just like home.”
The first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team was formally introduced by the Rams on Tuesday at a packed news conference with his fellow rookies. The former Missouri defensive end says he feels blessed to be in the league — and to be with a team just two hours from where he played in college.
Sam was grouped with five others taken in the sixth- and seventh rounds of Saturday’s draft, including Missouri teammate E.J. Gaines. Unlike your garden-variety, seventh-round pick, Sam also was scheduled for a solo session.
Sam puts on the pads later in the week when the team holds a rookie minicamp, normally a low-key event also sure to attract outsized attention.