Video: Michael Sam Stuns ESPYs Crowd With Emotional Award Speech

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St. Louis Ram Michael Sam just keeps making history.
There wasn't a dry eye in the house after Michael Sam walked off the stage at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles Wednesday night with the 2014 Arthur Ashe Courage Award grasped in his right hand.

"This year I have a lot of experience being part of something a lot bigger than myself. At times I've felt like I've been living in a massive storm, and I know the storm will end," said Sam in his opening remarks, reflecting on the whirlwind journey that took him from a childhood marred by hardship to the NFL, the first openly gay player drafted in the league's history.

"To anyone out there, especially young people feeling like they don't fit in and will never be accepted, please know this," he said, concluding the speech in a voice breaking with emotion -- "great things can happen when you have the courage to be yourself."

See also: This Was the Stupidest Reaction to Michael Sam Getting Drafted on the Entire Internet

Named for tennis legend Arthur Ashe, who spearheaded efforts to confront the AIDS epidemic before dying of the disease himself in 1993, the award's recipients have spanned both the sports community and the wider world, including Nelson Mandela, Billie Jean King and Pat Tillman.

Sam signed a four-year, $2.65 million contract with the Rams last month. He's expected to report to training camp with the other rookies on July 21.

See also: This Was the Stupidest Reaction to Michael Sam Getting Drafted on the Entire Internet

Follow Danny Wicentowski on Twitter at @D_Towski. E-mail the author at Danny.Wicentowski@RiverfrontTimes.com



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Faith Mustone
Faith Mustone

What a heroic kind hearted human being......

Ellen Gannaway Juengel
Ellen Gannaway Juengel

Michael, you are a brave man and a wonderful example for kids who feel them can't live what they feel in their hearts. I wish you a long and successful career and will be watching you along the way.

William Maas
William Maas

Ben didn't get the memo that nobody is allowed to make jokes anymore...about anything or anyone....lighten up folks...

Spencer Craft
Spencer Craft

This world is in trouble, celebrating perversion, com back Lord Jesus.

John Zimmermann
John Zimmermann

What's up with the negativity? How about just being happy for the guy.

Craig Krabbe
Craig Krabbe

Michael IS A CLASS ACT And a great Football Player

Epic Coffeetime
Epic Coffeetime

Stuart Scott delivered a powerful speech as well. Only people unaffected by Cancer or heartless pinheads would pass up the opportunity to post that story as well.

Joe Bochantin
Joe Bochantin

arthur ashe did alot for his community. this guy hasn't done anything worthwhile in my opinion, to receive an award...like obama getting the nobel peace prize,, FOR WHAT?

Eric Farlow
Eric Farlow

I hope this guy succeeds and makes local bigots uncomfortable for a longggg time :)

Ray Thomas
Ray Thomas

so far he is just a gay guy that graduated college,,,,,,,,i`m sure he is not the first,,,,,,,revoke the award

Ben Watson
Ben Watson

Just little tired of the praise this guy is getting. I have receding hairline was my praise

Jillian Ashley
Jillian Ashley

As a straight male, do you like to slap women's asses all day? Shame on you pig.

Ben Watson
Ben Watson

Hes in a gay mans heaven getting to slap ass all day

Carolyn Peters
Carolyn Peters

Keep being you Michael Sam! You have a lot more greatness to give. Inspirational.

Andy Wright
Andy Wright

Pretty powerful speech right there- wow!

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