NEW YORK, May 10 (UPI) -- With their 7th round pick, the St. Louis Rams' front office selected Michael Sam 249th overall, the openly gay defensive end out of Missouri. If he makes the Rams' roster out of training camp, Sam will be the first openly gay man to play a down in the National Football League. For now, the 6-foot-2 Missouri alum is the first out-of-the-closet draftee and participant in official team activities.
Although Sam's sexual orientation has been the topic of much news coverage, Marc Sessler, who covers the NFL for the league's own media outlets, wrote, "Players and coaches league-wide have talked about Sam's sexual orientation as a non-issue. The NFL is ready for this."