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Michael Sam jersey already ranks among top rookie sellers

ST. LOUIS -- Michael Sam wasn't among the first picks of the 2014 NFL Draft -- indeed, he was among the last -- but the seventh-round selection already ranks among the best in terms of top-selling rookie jerseys. Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL, ranks in the top five for rookie jersey sales via NFLshop.com, according to Brian McCarthy from the NFL public relations...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Ole Miss Guard Marshall Henderson Is Sickened By Michael Sam, Hashtags About It

Via TWITTER In case you missed it, University of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams. He’s a gay man. He was happy when he was drafted, so he kissed his boyfriend. The world didn’t explode, but a lot of people are making a lot of really iffy tweets that’ll come back to haunt them on job interviews 10 years from now. Among them is Ole Miss...
Via With Leather
May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Michael Sam crosses a barrier, drafted into the NFL

“With the 249th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams select Michael Sam, defensive end, Missouri.” Those words carried out of Radio City Music Hall Saturday evening. They reached the Gym Sportsbar in West Hollywood, California, all across the United States and around the world. Now Michael Sam is going to receive what everyone in this country and every nation deserves...
Via 110 Nation Sports
May 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Michael Sam, the football player

249th of 2014 NFL Draft, Michael SamMissouri Defensive End Michael Sam, today was drafted by the St Louis Rams in the 7th round at the 249th overall pick.  This is news because Sam is the first homosexual male to be drafted in the NFL.  Does that define Sam though, not necessarily.While at University of Missouri, Michael Sam's career numbers in college are 111 total tackles...
Via Route4Sports
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Rams make history, pick Michael Sam in seventh round of NFL Draft

The NFL officially has its first openly gay player as the Missouri linebacker is selected on Day 3.
Via Fox Sports
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Sam Becomes First Openly Gay Player Drafted Into NFL

  photo courtesy of Marcus Qwertyus With all the questions surrounding Michael Sam and who would draft him or would he get picked at all because of being openly gay, the question has been answered. The St. Louis Rams made history by selecting the former Missouri defensive end and reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year with the 249th pick of the seventh round. With the 249th...
Via Tha Sports Junkies 101
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Michael Sam’s Selection By Rams Draws Quick Twitter Response (Photos)

Missouri defensive end Michael Sam made history Saturday night, becoming the first openly gay player in the NFL. Sam was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the final round of the 2014 NFL draft with the 249th overall pick. Sam’s historic moment provoked a strong positive reaction on social media, as thousands tweeted to welcome the 24-year-old to the NFL with open arms. See below...
Via NESN.com
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Michael Sam’s Emotional Reaction After Being Drafted By The Rams (Video)

The St. Louis rams selected the first openly gay NFL player when they took Missouri DE Michael Sam with the 249th pick in the NFL Draft. Watch the reaction from Sam, who shared the moment with his boyfriend Vito. What a touching scene. We are looking forward to seeing him on the field for the […] The post Michael Sam’s Emotional Reaction After Being Drafted By The Rams (Video...
Via Diehardsport
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Michael Sam Drafted By Rams, Becomes First Openly Gay Player In NFL

NEW YORK — Michael Sam was picked by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the NFL draft Saturday, becoming the first openly gay player drafted by a pro football team. Sam played at Missouri, and came out as gay in media interviews earlier this year. His team and coaches knew his secret and kept it for his final college season. He went on to have the best year of his career...
Via NESN.com
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Michael Sam gives boyfriend kiss after being drafted (Video)

Michael Sam being drafted as the first openly gay player in the NFL was news in itself, but the former Missouri linebacker’s reaction to being drafted is historic as well. ESPN recorded and decided to play Sam’s reaction to being drafted. The reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year broke down and cried upon learning […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Michael Sam drafted by Rams

Michael Sam, who could become the first openly gay athlete to play in the NFL, was selected in the seventh round of the draft by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday with the 249th overall pick. Sam, who announced in February that he is gay, saw his draft stock drop following a disappointing showing at the NFL scouting combine. As a senior at Missouri, Sam registered 11.5 sacks and 19...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 10, 2014  |  1 Comment

Michael Sam Was Drafted By The Rams With The 249th Pick

As most of an anxious final round passed without his name being called, the Rams selected Missouri defensive end Michael Sam with the 249th pick in the NFL Draft, making him the first openly gay player on an NFL roster.That Sam was taken with a compensatory pick – the seventh to last – in the final round of the draft will be seen as proof of him falling further than he should...
Via Kissing Suzy Kolber
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Missouri Defensive End Michael Sam Selected In The 7th Round By The St. Louis Rams

Few players projected to go late in the draft have faced the scrutiny that Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, the 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, has had leading up to this weekend. Sam, who came out as an openly gay man in early February, had a sub-par combine performance, and he has largely been projected as a late round draft pick. After three long days of waiting and...
Via College Spun
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

If undrafted, the Ravens will pursue Michael Sam

Photo via missouri.edu You may have heard of the former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam for several reasons. For college football fans, they knew him as the guy with 123 tackles, 21 sacks and six forced fumbles. For non-football fans, they know Sam as the guy who announced that he was gay. If he makes a team, he will become the first openly gay player in NFL history. After the...
Via DC Sports-Kings
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

If Michael Sam is drafted, ESPN will have a camera on him

Michael Sam, who is poised to become the NFL’s first openly gay player, will allow the moment to be shown on ESPN if he is drafted. Despite a previous report that Sam had declined requests from ESPN and NFL Network to put him on the air, ESPN spokesman Bill Hofheimer wrote on Twitter today that Sam will be on camera if he is drafted. (ESPN won’t show him if he goes undrafted...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Missouri’s Michael Sam Allows ESPN To Film Him On Final Draft Day After Declining Original Coverage

Michael Sam originally denied ESPN and the NFL Network’s requests to have cameras on him during the NFL Draft. The former Missouri defensive end announced he is gay following the 2013 season and, thus, is one of the more intriguing prospects in the NFL Draft.  It appears Sam has changed his mind, though.  ESPN will have a camera w/ @Mizzou‘s @mikesamfootball today. If he...
Via College Spun
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots, Ravens, Cardinals & Giants Teams To Watch For DE Michael Sam

  According to Ian Rapoport, the Giants, Cardinals, Patriots and Ravens are all potential landing spots for Missouri DE Michael Sam. Sam, of course, is the first openly gay player to enter the NFL, but even though he was SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, he may not come off the board until the fifth or sixth round. There are concerns regarding his ability to make the...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

The Fallout: Jim Tressel, Michael Sam, Shaq Wiggins, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Saturday edition.Some non-NFL Draft college football-related news for you this morning.President Tressel? The Youngstown State board of trustees have offered the job of the school's new president to former Ohio State head football coach Jim Tressel. I suppose this will make Youngstown State "Tattoo You" then? (AP/ESPN)I have to praise you like...
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May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers take Missouri's Ealy in second round

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Panthers went for the best player available rather than need in the second round, selecting defensive end Kony Ealy from Missouri with the 60th overall pick. The 6-foot-4, 273-pound Ealy started 25 games and had 14 sacks during his three seasons at Missouri. As a senior he had 43 tackles and 9.5 sacks. The Panthers led the NFL with 60 sacks last season and...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft: DL Kony Ealy Selected By Carolina Panthers

Kony Ealy - DL Missouri, 6’4″, 273 LBS, 34′ 1/4″ Arm Length Drafted Round 2, Pick 28, Carolina Panthers Combine Results: 4.92 Forty | 31″ Vertical | 114″ Broad Jump Was a first-team all-SEC selection in 2013, starting all 14 games and totaling 43 total tackles, 14.5 total tackles for loss of yardage and 9.5 total sacks with six passes batted down, one interception...
Via FF Locker Room
May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Kony Ealy Sported Some Ridiculously Impressive Bling At The NFL Draft

Former Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy had to wait until Day 2 of the NFL Draft to hear his name called by Roger Goodell at Radio City Music Hall, but the bling he strapped to his wrists was definitely top pick worthy. After being selected 60th overall by the Carolina Panthers, Ealy showed off the impressive jewelry. Not bad for a guy who has yet to play a down of professional football...
Via Next Impulse Sports
May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Seahawks may have reached for Mizzou tackle Justin Britt

The Seattle Seahawks made Justin Britt the final pick of the second round, an offensive tackle from the University of Missouri. Britt was one of the most confusing picks to predict, going anywhere from mid-second to early seventh in ESPN and Bleacher Report mock drafts. NFL.com had him going in rounds six or seven. Our own Mizzou alumn Will Peterson calls Britt a “huge surprise”...
Via cover32 - Seahawks
May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers take Missouri DE Ealy in 2nd Round

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Panthers have selected defensive end Kony Ealy from Missouri with the 60th overall pick in the second round, a move based on best player available rather than need. The Panthers led the NFL with 60 sacks last season and have two established starting defensive ends in Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy, the team's designated franchise player. The 6-foot-4, 273...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers take Missouri DE Ealy in 2nd Round

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Panthers have selected defensive end Kony Ealy from Missouri with the 60th overall pick in the second round, a move based on best player available rather than need. The Panthers led the NFL with 60 sacks last season and have two established starting defensive ends in Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy, the team's designated franchise player. The 6-foot-4, 273...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft Second Round Grades: Carolina Panthers

Selection: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri Ealy could have easily been a first round pick, so the value here is exceptional. However, Carolina can not be making luxury picks. They could definitely use him in the future, but they have giant holes that need to be filled immediately. They still have a weak group of receivers, no quarterbacks, and no left tackle. Some people had them grabbing...
Via Heff's Sports Blog
May 09, 2014  |  Discuss
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