With the 249th pick in the NFL Draft the Rams select Micheal Sam of Missouri

The Rams draft Michael Sam, clearing way for him to become NFL's 1st openly gay player.

Sam was selected with the 214th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft

Sam established himself as one of the nation's premier pass rushers in his senior season, as he became only the second unanimous 1st-Team All-American in Missouri Football history.

Sam, who was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, led the league in both tackles for loss (19.0) and quarterback sacks (11.5), as he notched 48 tackles on the season. Sam was constantly involved i

Sam is thanking his new NFL team on Twitter.

Shortly after being selected by the St. Louis Rams with the 249th pick Saturday, Sam tweeted:

"Thank you to the St. Louis Rams and the whole city of St. Louis. I'm using every ounce of this to achieve greatness."

Sam became the first openly gay player drafted by a pro football team.

He'll start his professional career not far from the place where he played his college ball at Missouri.

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