Twitterverse reacts to Michael Sam being selected by the Rams
MAY 10, 2014 8:18p ET
Sam came out as gay earlier this year. His team and coaches knew his secret and kept it for his final college season. He went on to have the best year of his career: He was the co-defensive player of the year in the nation's best college football conference and had 11.5 sacks.
The pick came after several rounds of suspense. The first round of the day, No. 4 overall, came and went, no Sam. Then the fifth and sixth, and finally, the day was down to just a handful of picks.
When Mike Kensil, the NFL's vice president of game operations, walked to the podium at Radio City Music Hall in the draft's final minutes to announce the Rams' second-to-last pick, the crowd got a sense something was up. Very few of the last day picks were announced at the podium. Twitter lit up with suggestions the Rams were about to make news.
When Kensil said: "The St. Louis Rams select ... Michael Sam..." the fans gave a hearty cheer, chanting "Yes! Yes! Yes!" and "Michael Sam!"
Here's a sampling of how the Twitterverse reacted:
Congratulations to Michael Sam!!! I'll be at your first game my brother. :-)))))). Today is a good day!!!!... http://t.co/Ta3JL5FB9i— Esera Tuaolo (@eseratuaolo) May 11, 2014
I hope Michael Sam balls out.. Not because he's openly gay, but because I heard so many people say why he can't play in the league.— LaVar Leap Arrington (@LaVarArrington) May 11, 2014
Congratulations to Michael Sam. It's a victory for LOVE.— John Legend (@johnlegend) May 10, 2014
Congrats to @MikeSamFootball and to every player drafted this year! To those who weren't drafted...Your dream is still within reach!— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) May 10, 2014
Congratulations to Michael Sam, Rams, NFL, everyone... This is a big moment in sports, and beyond.— Scott Fujita (@sfujita55) May 10, 2014
Very happy for @MikeSamFootball . You only experience getting drafted once. Congrats!— Blair Walsh (@BlairWalsh3) May 10, 2014
NFL Draft is mostly uninteresting to me, but I am encouraged to hear @MikeSamFootball got drafted. Great moment in US sports history. -SG— steve gleason (@TeamGleason) May 10, 2014
Congrats to @MikeSamFootball on being drafted in the 7th Round by the St. Louis Rams!— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) May 11, 2014
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.