Missouri football defensive lineman Michael Sam, who was the co-SEC defensive player of the year last season, openly came out as gay in interviews tonight with The New York Times and ESPN.
Sam, an All-American, is considered one of the top defensive players in college football. And, with the upcoming NFL draft, he is poised to become the first openly gay athlete in professional football.
Here is Sam, in his own words:
The New York Times inteview
The ESPN interview: