Michael Sam writes Mizzou an open letter of thanks
MAR 20, 2014 5:42p ET
Sam, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year who announced he was gay earlier this year, asked the Missourian to post the letter on Mizzou's Pro Day:
"You cheered my successes, but you also picked me up when I fell.
"Maybe most importantly, you gave me a chance to live my truth without judgment, without hesitation and with great discretion and respect.
"When I came out last month, I did it with the confidence that my Mizzou 'family' would always be there for me.
"To put it mildly, the love and acceptance I felt was amazing. ...
"I have a long journey ahead of me, a lot of hard work and many dreams I want to fulfill.
"But I do it with the confidence that my Mizzou family will be there for me every step of the way."