Michelle Obama congratulates Michael Sam
Michelle Obama tweeted on Monday morning that Michael Sam is 'an inspiration to all of us.'
On Sunday night Missouri defensive end and 2014 NFL Draft prospect Michael Sam changed the game by announcing that he was gay. Assuming he's drafted (and no one else comes out between now and then), Sam will be the first openly gay player in NFL history.
Michelle Obama, a.k.a. FLOTUS, weighed in and called Sam "an inspiration."
You're an inspiration to all of us, @MikeSamFootball. We couldn't be prouder of your courage both on and off the field. -mo— FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) February 10, 2014
The amount of virtual ink spilled over Sam's decision to publicly announce his decision can't really be measured. It's still pouring out into the world. And plenty of people will denounce this move saying he wants publicity.
Those people are short-sighted. Even Sam doesn't want the publicity.
"I wanted to own my truth," Sam told the Columbia Tribune. "I was just ready to get it over with. I don’t know why I have to get on ESPN or the New York Times and tell people I happen to be gay. Straight people don’t have to do it. I don’t know why gay people have to do it."
Pick Six Newsletter
Get the day's big stories + fun stuff you love like mock drafts, picks and power rankings.
Thanks for signing up!
Keep an eye on your inbox for the latest sports news.
There was an error processing your subscription.
The former Browns first-round pick didn't see the field in the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' season...
The odds are out for first coach fired and Pro Football Weekly's Eric Edholm joins Will Brinson...
The former Bills star was first diagnosed with cancer in 2013
T.O. hasn't played in the NFL since 2010 but he's still finding ways to make headlines
Doug Baldwin, Anquan Boldin, Malcolm Jenkins and Benjamin Watson penned an Op-Ed to the pr...
The second-year quarterback is going to help Kansas City explode on the scene