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Rams draft NFL's first openly gay player

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U.S. Sports Desk, May 11 (EFE).- The St. Louis Rams made history by taking University of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam with the 249th pick in the 2014 National Football League draft, making the 2013 Southeastern Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year the first openly gay player to get a shot at making a roster in the league.

"I knew I was gonna get picked somewhere, and every team that passed me, I was thinking, 'I'm gonna sack their QB,'" Sam told U.S. media outlets.

Sam, a Texan who starred for the Tigers in college football's premier conference, said in an interview with ESPN in February that he was gay.

Supporters from around the country, including President Barack Obama, expressed admiration for Sam, who had to wait until the end of the NFL draft to get picked.

The Rams used a 7th-round pick to take the former Missouri Tiger, who will have a chance to become the first openly gay player on an NFL roster if he makes the team.

"We were very fortunate to have the supplemental choices," Rams head coach Jeff Fisher told the NFL Network. "You use those for players you want to give an opportunity to, that you think that you want to draft. I haven't said a whole lot to anybody over the last week or so but after doing the studies, this is a good football player."

The 24-year-old Sam had 11.5 sacks and 19 tackles for a loss last season.

Sam will be trying to break into a defensive line unit that includes ends Robert Quinn, Chris Long, William Hayes and Eugene Sims.

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