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NFL Prospect Comes Out as Gay

Michael Sam, a defensive lineman for the University of Missouri who will almost certainly be entering the National Football League, came out as gay publicly in an interview with The New York Times and ESPN on Sunday. “I just want to own my truth,” he said. Sam could become the NFL's first openly gay player (unless a current one comes out first). The Southeastern Conference's Defensive Player of the Year is projected to go in the early rounds of the NFL draft in May. Already, several anonymous current and former NFL coaches and executives told Sports Illustrated the revelation will make his draft stock drop.