When Michael Sam was drafted into the NFL in May, he made history as the first openly gay man to come into the league. But, the Mizzou graduate says, there are definitely other gay men currently playing professional football.
In his first interview since being cut from the St. Louis Rams and later being waived by the Dallas Cowboys, Sam sits down with Oprah and reveals that other gay players in the NFL contacted him after he was drafted.
"Very few reached out to me and pretty much just told me their gratitude and how thankful they were that I had the courage [to come out publicly]," Sam says in the above video. "They wished that they had the courage to come out."
"Gay men in the NFL reached out to you and called you?" Oprah says.
"Yes," Sam says. "[They] just showed their respect and admired my courage… It was very good."
Though Sam declines to say exactly how many gay players reached out to him, he does tell Oprah that it was more than one. She clarifies, "You're using the plural. 'Men.' Not 'man.'"
"Men," Sam confirms. "There's a lot of us out there. I'm not the only one. I'm just the only one who's open."