February 11, 2014
Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Michael Sam (52) reacts after a play during the second half against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the 2014 Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas in this Jan. 13 file photo. According to media reports, Sam announced publicly he was gay Sunday, paving the way from him to perhaps be the NFL’s first openly gay player. (USA TODAY Sports: Kevin Jairaj)
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Michael Sam, who was the Southeastern Conference defense player of the year while playing for Missouri last season, could become the first openly gay player in the NFL.