Michael Sam, First Openly Gay NFL Player, Goes to the St. Louis Rams

Michael Sam and David Kopay at sports publicist Howard Bragman's home. - COURTESY JIM BUZINSKI
Courtesy Jim Buzinski
Michael Sam and David Kopay at sports publicist Howard Bragman's home.

This afternoon, the St. Louis Rams drafted Michael Sam, a former Mizzou a defensive lineman who came out as openly gay in February.

The announcement came amid concern that Sam would be passed over because he is gay. Today's news puts those worries to rest. Click through to see what Sam tweeted right after, video of the moment he found out and other reactions from around the web.

See also: Michael Sam and the Rise of the Gay Athlete

And here's video of the moment Sam got the news, including the celebratory kiss he shares with his boyfriend Vito -- a normal expression of affection that two humans in a relationship are known to do.

Here are some reactions from other players and locals:

Follow Jessica Lussenhop on Twitter at @Lussenpop. E-mail the author at [email protected].

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