Michael Sam, the first openly gay
player to be drafted by the NFL, tells Oprah Winfrey that he's heard
from other gay men in the NFL.
On Saturday, cabler OWN: Oprah Winfrey
Network will premiere Michael Sam, a 90-minute documentary on
The 24-year-old Sam, the SEC defensive
player of the year in 2013, was cut by the St. Louis Rams before the
start of the season. He then joined the Cowboys' 10-man practice
squad, where he stayed for seven weeks before being let go.
In an exclusive interview to be
broadcast following the film's premiere, Sam sits down with Oprah
In a sneak peek from the interview,
asks Sam, “Gay men in the NFL reached out to you and called
you?” as Sam nods in agreement.
“They were thankful that I had the
answered. “They wished that they had the courage to come out.”
“There's a lot of us out there. I'm
not the only one. I'm just the only one who's open,” he added.