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Michael Sam

The All-American D-lineman from Missouri has excelled on the field and, now, after announcing that he is gay, looks to be the first active gay athlete in major professional sports

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    ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 4: Michael Sam 52 of the University of Missouri Tigers looks to sack Nathan Scheelhaase 2 of the University of Illinois Fighting Illini during the State Farm Arch Rivalry game on September 4, 2010 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri. The Tigers defeated the Fighting Illini 23-13. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

    © Dilip Vishwanat / 2010 Getty Images
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    TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 28: Defensive lineman Michael Sam 52 of the Missouri Tigers reacts to an interception during the Insight Bowl against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Sun Devil Stadium on December 28, 2010 in Tempe, Arizona. The Hawkeyes defeated the Tigers 27-24. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    © Christian Petersen / 2010 Getty Images
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    COLUMBIA, MO - SEPTEMBER 15: Quarterback Taylor Kelly 10 of the Arizona State Sun Devils is sacked by defensive lineman Michael Sam 52 of the Missouri Tigers during the game at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

    © Jamie Squire / 2012 Getty Images
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    COLUMBIA, MO - SEPTEMBER 15: Defensive lineman Michael Sam 52 of the Missouri Tigers is congratulated by teammates after sacking quarterback Taylor Kelly 10 of the Arizona State Sun Devils during the game at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

    © Jamie Squire / 2012 Getty Images
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    COLUMBIA, MO - SEPTEMBER 15: Quarterback Taylor Kelly 10 of the Arizona State Sun Devils is sacked by defensive lineman Michael Sam 52 of the Missouri Tigers during the game at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

    © Jamie Squire / 2012 Getty Images
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    COLUMBIA, MO - SEPTEMBER 15: Quarterback Taylor Kelly 10 of the Arizona State Sun Devils is sacked by defensive lineman Michael Sam 52 of the Missouri Tigers during the game at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

    © Jamie Squire / 2012 Getty Images
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    COLUMBIA, SC - SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Connor Shaw 14 of the South Carolina Gamecocks throws under pressure from Sheldon Richardson 34 and Michael Sam 52 of the Missouri Tigers during play at Williams-Brice Stadium on September 22, 2012 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

    © Grant Halverson / 2012 Getty Images
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    ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 12: Michael Sam 52 of the Missouri Tigers recovers a fumble for a touchdown against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on October 12, 2013 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

    © Kevin C. Cox / 2013 Getty Images
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    COLUMBIA, MO - OCTOBER 19: Quarterback Tyler Murphy 3 of the Florida Gators is sacked by defensive lineman Michael Sam 52 of the Missouri Tigers during the game at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on October 19, 2013 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

    © Jamie Squire / 2013 Getty Images
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    COLUMBIA, MO - OCTOBER 19: Quarterback Tyler Murphy 3 of the Florida Gators is sacked by defensive lineman Michael Sam 52 of the Missouri Tigers during the game at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on October 19, 2013 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

    © Jamie Squire / 2013 Getty Images
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    COLUMBIA, MO - OCTOBER 19: Quarterback Tyler Murphy 3 of the Florida Gators is sacked by defensive lineman Michael Sam 52 of the Missouri Tigers during the game at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on October 19, 2013 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

    © Jamie Squire / 2013 Getty Images
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    COLUMBIA, MO - OCTOBER 26: Defensive linemen Shane Ray 56 of the Missouri Tigers celebrates with teammate Michael Sam 52 after sacking quarterback Connor Shaw 14 of the South Carolina Gamecocks during the second half on October 26, 2013 at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri. South Carolina defeated Missouri in double overtime 27-24. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

    © Peter Aiken / 2013 Getty Images
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    LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 9: Michael Sam 52 of the Missouri Tigers celebrates with fans after the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium on November 9, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky. Missouri won 48-17. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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    OXFORD, MS - NOVEMBER 23: Michael Sam 52 of the Missouri Tigers celebrates with fans following a victory over the Ole Miss Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Oxford, Mississippi. Missouri won the game 24-10. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

    © Stacy Revere / 2013 Getty Images
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    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 07: Michael Sam 52 of the Missouri Tigers is seen before playing against the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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    ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 03: Michael Sam 52 of the Missouri Tigers reacts after Ben Grogan 19 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys misses a 34-yard field goal in the second quarter during the AT&T Cotton Bowl on January 3, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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