Dale Hansen, the Dallas sports reporter who spoke out in support of Michael Sam, has denied that his actions were brave.

Sam is the 24-year-old Missouri Tigers football player who came out gay last week. If drafted, Sam would become the NFL's first openly gay player.

In a nearly 2-minute segment which aired the day after Sam made his announcement, Hansen defended Sam from critics who claim it would be uncomfortable to have an openly gay player in the NFL.

Hansen appeared Friday on The Ellen Show to discuss his statement.

“I wanted to do it because it's such a great story in so many ways,” Hansen told host Ellen DeGeneres. “I mean, you have the best defensive player in the best football conference in America coming out gay with that issue that we've been fighting about for too long. And then wanting to play in the most dominant game in America, in the NFL. And I just thought it touched so many people. It wasn't, and I appreciate your kind words, but it wasn't a brave thing, it wasn't a great thing I did. The brave thing and the great thing was what Michael Sam did.”

Hansen added that the response has been overwhelmingly positive. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)