Robin Roberts, Martina Navratilova and
Jason Collins were among the celebrities cheering Michael Sam as he
became the first openly gay football player drafted by the NFL.
Sam, a 24-year-old All-American
defensive end, was picked Saturday by the St. Louis Rams in the
seventh and final round of this year's draft.
Sam becomes first openly gay player drafted by NFL.)
Robbie Rogers, professional soccer's
first openly gay player, congratulated Sam in a tweet which included
mentions to Megan Rapinoe and Jason Collins: “Congrats
@MikeSamFootball & @STLouisRams! Also good luck @mPinoe &
@JasonCollins34 tonight! #myheros.”
“I'm getting ready for my game
against the @MiamiHEAT,” out NBA player Jason Collins message, “but
I wanted to say congrats to @MikeSamFootball & @STLouisRams.
Great pick. Good luck.”
“Go Rams for drafting Michael Sam- a
wise pic :),” out tennis legend Martina Navratilova tweeted.
Good Morning America co-host
Robin Roberts noted the historic significance of the pick: “Congrats
to all who were drafted, realizing a dream, a special moment.
Including historic moment for @MikeSamFootball.”
Ben Cohen, whose group StandUp
Foundation fights homophobia in sports, added: “Congrats to
@michaelsamfootball for becoming first out LGBT player in NFL. We
stand up with you!”