Michael Sam joins fellow rookies in being introduced as St. Louis Rams

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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.

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