Support pours in for Michael Sam on social media Michael Sam's former Mizzou teammates stand up in support of Michael Sam via social media. Michael Sam says he came out to his teammates and coaches at Missouri in August. Stacy Revere / Getty Images North America By Nate Latsch Feb 9, 2014 at 10:07p ET ST. LOUIS -- Michael Sam's news had Twitter buzzing on Sunday. The former University of Missouri defensive end announced to the world that he is gay in interviews with the New York Times and ESPN and the social media world responded to the news. Here is some of the support Sam received from his school and former teammates: I want to thank everybody for their support and encouragement,especially @espn, @nytimes and @nfl. I am proud to tell my story to the world!— Michael Sam (@MikeSamFootball) February 10, 2014 We support Tigers of all stripes at Mizzou. Proud of you @MikeSamFootball! #OneMizzou http://t.co/ueLCOJ4RFF pic.twitter.com/DvJ2vTIbgU— Mizzou (@Mizzou) February 10, 2014 Dare to be different and stand for what you believe in! Congrats to my brother @MikeSamFootball— L'Damian Washington® (@Fe_Verdadera2) February 10, 2014 Much Respect for Mike Sam #1Mizzou— Henry Josey (@I_AM_HJOSEY20) February 10, 2014 Proud of my friend @MikeSamFootball takes a lot for what he just did!! #nothingchanges— Evan Boehm 7⃣7⃣ (@BIGboehmTHEORY) February 10, 2014 I'm a proud teammate!— Justin Britt (@JustinBritt68) February 10, 2014 It takes a lot of courage to do what he did. And we are behind him all the way.— Kentrell Brothers✈✈ (@Kentrell_Mizzou) February 10, 2014 Our coaches and players knew all along about this and noone said anything. Just show the amount of respect we have for our family.— Kentrell Brothers✈✈ (@Kentrell_Mizzou) February 10, 2014 Proud of My bro Mike for finally coming out man takes a tremendous amount of courage!— Donovan Bonner (@ElTorroOcho) February 10, 2014 We knew of his status for 5 years and not one team member, coach, or staff member said anything says a lot about our family atmosphere— Donovan Bonner (@ElTorroOcho) February 10, 2014 Much respect to @MikeSamFootball for having the courage to share who he is with the world, we are all family here at Mizzou #onemizzou— Michael Scherer (@Mike_Scherer38) February 10, 2014 @MikeSamFootball, a football player, gay, & a tiger! Nothing but support from the Mizzou family. #proud— Athletic Performance (@MizzouAP) February 10, 2014 Takes great courage to go public, no one will handle it better than Mike Sam— Luke Lambert (@L_Lambert33) February 10, 2014 Proud of Michael Sam for his courage. Unbelievable teammate and football player!— Mitch Morse (@GimmeSumMorse65) February 10, 2014 Proud of my former teammate Mike Sam for his courageous announcement! #MIZ— Wes Kemp (@WesleyAKemp) February 10, 2014 You can follow Nate Latsch on Twitter (@natelatsch) or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.