Watch Michael Sam Kiss His Boyfriend After Historic NFL Draft (Video)
The defensive end, poised to be the league's first openly gay player, celebrated after being picked up by the St. Louis Rams.
Michael Sam has made history by being the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team.
The St. Louis Rams drafted the former Missouri defensive end with the 249th overall pick Saturday, and ESPN broadcast him receiving the phone call from Rams head coach Jeff Fisher. The sports network showed an emotional Sam kissing his boyfriend after receiving the news. (See the video below.)
Stars quickly took to Twitter to congratulate Sam, who announced he was gay in February. See a sampling of what Hollywood is saying about Sam's NFL future below.
Thank you to the St. Louis Rams and the whole city of St. Louis. I'm using every once of this to achieve greatness!! pic.twitter.com/QESdOJVzsw— Michael Sam (@MikeSamFootball) May 10, 2014
Congrats, Michael Sam. Congrats, Rams. And apologies to picks 250-256 but I miiiiiight call it a day.— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) May 10, 2014
Congratulations to Michael Sam. It's a victory for LOVE.— John Legend (@johnlegend) May 10, 2014
Michael Sam and his boyfriend set the love bar pretty damn high. Now I kinda think ONLY gay people should be allowed to get married. #PreNup— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) May 11, 2014
Hoping Michael Sam makes it big-wish we were at a pt where no one cares about a person's sexuality / just play football should be the theme— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) May 10, 2014
Go @MikeSamFootball!!!— Don Lemon (@donlemon) May 11, 2014
coolest thing i've seen in a long time... and i couldn't care less about sports. huge congratulations to michael sam! http://t.co/Ap12fufw4c— Zachary Quinto (@ZacharyQuinto) May 11, 2014
Congratulations @MikeSamFootball!! Time to get my Rams tickets.— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) May 11, 2014
You. Are. Great. Congratulations, @MikeSamFootball!— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 11, 2014
The most lovely thing I have seen in ages is Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend on getting the good news. And I don't even like football.— Martha Plimpton (@MarthaPlimpton) May 11, 2014