Michael Sam on Wednesday got his second chance to make it in the NFL this season when the Dallas Cowboys signed him to their 10-player practice squad.

The decision to invite Sam to play for Dallas came four days after the St. Louis Rams cut Sam from their roster.

The 24-year-old defensive end – the NFL's first openly gay player to be drafted – grew up in Hitchcock, Texas, which sits about 40 miles southeast of Houston.

Owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett told reporters that the pickup was “about football.”

“As a kid growing up in Texas,” Sam said in a series of tweets, “I always loved the Dallas Cowboys, so to join this incredible organization is really a dream come true. I want to thank the Jones family, the entire Cowboys organization, and the city of Dallas for giving me this opportunity. I look forward to putting my helmet and pads on every day to work my hardest to help bring a sixth Super Bowl Championship to Dallas!!”