Rams Draft Michael Sam, St. Louis Suddenly Cares About Its Football Team Again

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Michael Sam celebrates being drafted to the St. Louis Rams with his boyfriend.
Historic news hit the sports world this weekend when the St. Louis Rams drafted former University of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, making him the first publicly out gay man on a National Football League roster.

Sam wasn't drafted until late in the seventh round, the 249th player selected to join the league, so Sam had days to wait and wonder how his public coming out in the New York Times earlier this year would affect his chances of signing onto a team.

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

Then the call came in, and ESPN trained its camera on Sam as his quivering lip soon gave way to a full-blown sob as the St. Louis Rams offered him a spot. Sam's boyfriend, Vito Cammisano, holds and hugs him until Sam can steady himself long enough to tell the Rams manager on the other end of the line, with a voice full of strength and enthusiasm, "Yes, sir."

Watch the video here:

Sam immediately thanked the fans in his new home, St. Louis, with this picture on Twitter:

Ever since Sam was drafted onto the St. Louis Rams, there's been a whirlwind of Sam-related news, announcements and complaints.

Here are the six most interesting things about Sam becoming a Ram:

1. That kiss between Sam and his boyfriend was perfect, and it was even better with cake.

The first thing Sam did when he hung up from his life-changing phone call with the St. Louis Rams was kiss his boyfriend as surrounding supporters cheered. It was a simple, lovely gesture that almost made it hard to believe that before Sam, men who kiss other men in public weren't welcomed onto an NFL roster, let alone into the locker room.
The celebration turned silly when Sam grabbed a fistful of cake, rubbed it on Cammisano's face, ate a little himself and kissed Cammisano again.

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

2. Everyone wants to know more about Vito.
The Washington Post, Slate, People Magazine, British tabloids, sports news sites -- news outlets around the world started scouring the Internet immediately to learn the newest and latest about Sam's main squeeze, Vito Cammisano. Turns out, Cammisano is an openly gay athlete himself. He swam for Missouri from 2009-'12, and he came out as gay in 2011. He went to high school in Kansas City, graduated from Mizzou and works as a promotions intern at Cumulus Broadcasting.

Now that the pair is officially out, they're posting adorbs photos of themselves online:

3. Even President Barack Obama congratulated Sam.
Obama made waves in the football world recently when he said he'd have to think "long and hard" before allowing his son to play a game with such a high risk of serious head injury. But after the news this weekend, the White House reached out to Sam with a special congratulations:

"The President congratulates Michael Sam, the Rams and the NFL for taking an important step forward in our nation's journey. From the playing field to the corporate boardroom, LGBT Americans prove every day that you should be judged by what you do and not who you are."

Three more amazing things after the jump.


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49 comments
Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

^ i'm sorry you can't take a joke, carly.

Matt Cox
Matt Cox

Wait until the rams lose 2 games in a row lol. It will back to normal.

Joe Harman
Joe Harman

Actually... The hate speech comes from those who don't like what you say... They won't accept that you may have a different view or outlook on a situation... even if you are respectful.

Joe Harman
Joe Harman

So, when he does not make the team... how will people react? It's said that he may not be NFL material

Christina Sack
Christina Sack

People are stupid. In this post and in general. This is huge and fucking rocks!

Kathryn Bense
Kathryn Bense

Not our business what he in his personal life !

Jacob Hamilton
Jacob Hamilton

Rams made some good picks other than Sam.. Not sure why this is getting so much attention.

Edward Hecker
Edward Hecker

Um, no. No we don't have football fever. We still need a team.

aaronmccoy242
aaronmccoy242 topcommenter

I think Michael Sam is gay.  When he tongued that guy, I was like, man, he's gay

Ben Mansfield
Ben Mansfield

A borderline prospect who has extremely questionable strength and speed Who had almost all his sacks against the three worst teams missouri played and did nothing in the big games Again I wish him well but this was an agenda driven pick without a doubt Fisher pretty much said it when he mentioned being part of history What someone does in their bedroom shouldn't matter to a football organization either way As long as you're not behaving like rothlisberger

Paula Williams
Paula Williams

I expected this negativity. Come to the 21st century, Missouri. I was born there.EVERY DAY there is something in the news that makes me ashamed. So tired of people thumping their Bible in the name of hate and intolerance. Jesus lived everyone, not just those who agreed. Christianity isn't about hate. Wait, now it is. Especially in Missouri.

David B Fowler
David B Fowler

Football... If you can handle NFL. Harder faster..

Chris Settles
Chris Settles

What this "We" shit? What would make you think I think that? I think the Rams suck as well as the majority of football fans. They could add anyone to that team and improve it. That was my point.

Leslee Brown
Leslee Brown

I am so sick of the gay bashing and bitching. As long as he cab play football who cares???

Brenda McBride Watson
Brenda McBride Watson

The team we have is promising and continues to improve. What would make you think the SEC defensive player of the year would be bad?

Japheth Knopp
Japheth Knopp

He was an All-American and SEC Defensive Player of the Year. I'd say, yeah, probably.

Carly Pownall
Carly Pownall

I'm sorry you had to sit on the sidelines in high school, and didn't get to feel the true feeling of what a backing from a fan group can do for a team, Steve.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

you are so right! this could be the year we finish at .500!

Jon Hedgecorth
Jon Hedgecorth

freedom of speech is not the same thing as freedom from consequences... besides, no one has been arrested & jailed for what they are saying.... so freedom of speech is not being taken away.

Carly Pownall
Carly Pownall

All of this energy is spreading! Excitement drives fans and players, and can lead to magic things!

Carly Pownall
Carly Pownall

Sometimes having the right to free speech, doesn't mean that you have to open your mouth and express that speech. You are welcome to whatever opinion you have...but that doesn't mean you have to express it verbally. Free speech is free speech, but free speech is not always consequence free.

Darren Hunt
Darren Hunt

justin u sound like u are hate in on sams b CaReFuL

Tim Smythe
Tim Smythe

Rams fans are excited about the entire draft not just Michael Sam.

Darren Hunt
Darren Hunt

rams best pick in a long time big time playa

Justin Burnett
Justin Burnett

He's more famous for being gay than being a football player. I hope he's good, all this attention is gonna go straight to his head. And the first guy to crush him on the field is gonna get accused of a hate crime... I hope he just continue with doing good on field...

Chris Settles
Chris Settles

He couldn't be any worse than the team they already have...

Vanessa D Dowe
Vanessa D Dowe

HE IS A HUMAN AND CAN CHOOSE TO BE WITH WHOM HE CHOOSES. IT'S REALLY NOBODY'S BUSINESS. I APPLAUD HIM. WAGES HIM THE BEST.

Andrew Jovanovic
Andrew Jovanovic

Go ahead, just be responsible in how you handle people who think differently then you. Otherwise what did you accomplish.

Drum Mer M JZ
Drum Mer M JZ

I don't care if he's gay I felt his emotions. Hope he does well

Rick Kohn
Rick Kohn

please don't say anything negitive, as free speech is frowned upon nowadays.

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