Michael Sam on Saturday became the first openly gay football player taken in the National Football League draft.

The St. Louis Rams picked Sam, a 24-year-old All-American defensive end, in the seventh and final round.

ESPN filmed the moment Sam, his boyfriend by his side, received the news by telephone from Rams' coach Jeff Fischer.

“You are a Ram,” Fischer said. “The wait is finally over.”

“Thank you,” Sam responded before breaking down in tears and reaching for his boyfriend for a kiss.

“Thank you to the St. Louis Rams and the whole city of St. Louis,” Sam wrote in a tweet along with a picture of himself wearing a Rams hat. “I'm using every [ounce] of this to achieve greatness!!”

Sam announced he's gay in interviews with ESPN and The New York Times in February.

Last week, Sam was announced as the winner of this year's Arthur Ashe Courage Award. He will receive the award at the 2014 ESPYs on July 16.