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Michael Sam

Openly gay athlete.Michael Sam is an openly gay American football player, and received huge national attention in 2013 when he came out while still a lineman on the University of Missouri's football team. Sam was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, and is currently a free-agent seeking a a regular spot on an NFL team.

Five Years Later, Michael Sam Is Doing Just Fine, Thanks

But it was a hell of a time to get here. 

Michael Sam Writes Letter Warning Against Missouri’s Anti-Gay Law

"This so-called 'religious liberty' bill is just another way to undermine the dignity of LGBT people and their families."

NFL and Rams Reportedly Made Michael Sam Draft Deal to Save Face

Michael Sam: "I'm not surprised at all."

Hollywood Medium's Tyler Henry Opens Up About Being a Gay Psychic

Hollywood Medium will feature readings with Boy George, Michael Sam, and Margaret Cho.

Watch: Michael Sam & Vito Cammisano On Why They Support #SpiritDay

Today, GLAAD urges people to stand together in support of LGBT youth and to stop bullying.

WATCH: Michael Sam Thinks He Came Out Too Soon

He believes he would now be on a roster if he’d waited to announce he’s gay.

Op-Ed: Michael Sam: The Typical Millennial

As any person of color understands: We don't get to feel entitled.

Michael Sam Taking Break from Football

The 25-year-old defensive end cited mental health reasons for his exit.

WATCH: Michael Sam's Return to Football

Michael Sam became the first openly gay player to appear in a Canadian Football League game Friday night

Are Michael Sam & Vito Cammisano Over?

The couple have reportedly taken a one-way trip to Splittsville. 

Michael Sam Eliminated from 'DWTS' After Emotional Performance

The athlete’s final number was inspired by coming out and his relationship with his father

Watch: Michael Sam's 'Dancing With The Stars' Premiere

He and partner Peta Murgatroyd danced to 'Uptown Funk'

Michael Sam Instagrams Proposal

Congrats to these two gents!

Michael Sam on Meeting Gay NFL Legend Dave Kopay

'Small heroes can change society every day. It just takes time,' says Sam.

Michael Sam Gets Engaged to Boyfriend

Congrats to Michael and Vito

OWN to Air Michael Sam Documentary Dec. 27

Oprah will talk to Sam in his first interview since being cut from the NFL.