Even though he is no longer on an NFL sideline, Michael Sam has a unique story to tell as the league's first openly-gay player. He was able to talk about his experiences Wednesday night at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Sam was brought to campus to speak in Centennial Hall by UNL's Student Involvement department. The title of the presentation was, "From Hitchcock High to the NFL: I am Michael Sam."
The event was free for students with a valid NCard and $5 for everyone else. Students and the colleges and universities where Sam speaks often feel a strong connection with his story because it was not that long ago that he made headline news.
Sam came out to the world with an interview on ESPN's Outside the Lines in February 2014. He had just capped his senior season at the University of Missouri by being named a consensus All-American and the SEC Defensive Player of the Year.
The St. Louis Rams selected Sam in the seventh round of the NFL Draft. That year, he was also named one of GQ's Men of the Year and won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs.
Sam spent the 2014 preseason with the Rams and spent time on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad. He retired in 2015 and now travels the country speaking to groups and advocating for LGBTQ rights.
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