Michael Sam, First Openly Gay NFL Draft Pick, Headed to Canadian Football League

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After being passed over by the St. Louis Rams and Dallas Cowboys, Sam has signed with the Montreal Alouettes.

Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL draft pick, has signed a two-year deal to play professional football in Canada.

The free agent defensive end will join the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League, which airs nationwide on the TSN cable sports channel. "I cannot wait to put on the pads, get back on the field and work hard each and every day with my teammates to bring a Grey Cup to the great fans here in Montreal," Sam said in a statement on Friday.

Sam came out ahead of the 2014 NFL Draft, where he was picked by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round, before being cut in training camp. The Dallas Cowboys then picked Sam before releasing him from their practice squad in October 2014.

"Today is another indication of how open and progressive the CFL is — consistent with our rich and storied history of great football tradition," CFL commissioner Jeffrey Orridge said in his own statement. "Our players come to us from different places, different walks of life and ultimately they take different paths to get to our fields," he added.

Sam, who played defensive end at the University of Missouri, recently completed a stint on Dancing With the Stars.