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Potential NFL draft 'comes out'

Columbia, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri All-American Michael Sam said he is gay, and the defensive end could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL.

In interviews with ESPN, The New York Times and Outsports, Sam said he came out to his teammates and coaches at Missouri in August.

"I am an openly, proud gay man," Sam said.

The 255-pound Sam participated in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., last month after leading the SEC in sacks (11.5) and tackles for loss (19), and he is projected to be a mid-round NFL draft pick.

"It's a big deal," Sam said. "No one has done this before. And it's kind of a nervous process, but I know what I want to be ... I want to be a football player in the NFL."

 
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