Opinion Off the Ball

Wednesday 26 July 2017

Texan Sam to break down barriers as NFL's first openly gay player

Michael Sam
Michael Sam

Donny Mahoney

It's safe to say that few outside of American football fans in the unexceptional state of Missouri would have known the name Michael Sam before last weekend.

Now he's on the verge of becoming the transformative athlete of his generation. Welcome to sport in the 21st century.

On Sunday, Sam, a defensive lineman from Texas and a student at the University of Missouri, came out.

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