Michael Sam
Michael Sam is a defensive lineman who could become the NFL's first openly gay player.
WATCH: Michael Sam Shares Story for #IAmUnbroken Campaign
December 15 2014 5:43 PM ET

WATCH: Michael Sam Shares Story for #IAmUnbroken Campaign

Annie Hollenbeck

Sam tells a story of resilience in the face of disappointment as part of a video campaign launched in conjunction with the new film Unbroken.

Michael Sam on NFL Status: “I Don’t Think It Had To Do With Talent”
December 03 2014 8:16 PM ET

Michael Sam: 'I Don’t Think It Had To Do With Talent'

Annie Hollenbeck

A slightly distracted Michael Sam says his status as a football player is not based on his abilities on the field.

Michael Sam Named to GQ's Men of the Year
November 18 2014 5:04 PM ET

Michael Sam Named to GQ's Men of the Year

Annie Hollenbeck

The first openly gay NFL draftee gets yet another honor.

Op-ed: The NFL’s Uphill Cultural Battle Starts With Its Subtle Bigotry
November 13 2014 7:00 AM ET

Op-ed: NFL Only Starting on Uphill Cultural Battle

Annie Hollenbeck

The NFL faces an uphill cultural battle, when there are still figures involved, like Deion Sanders, who believe being gay is a choice.

Michael Sam Gets 'Kinky' With Billy Porter
November 04 2014 1:07 PM ET

Michael Sam Gets Kinky With Billy Porter

Brandon Voss

The first openly gay NFL draftee took his boyfriend to see Broadway's Kinky Boots.

Op-ed: Why the Michael Sam Saga Matters
October 27 2014 3:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Why the Michael Sam Saga Matters

Annie Hollenbeck

Michael Sam could have been the first openly gay man on an NFL football roster. He’s not, and that sucks.

Cowboys Release Michael Sam
October 21 2014 3:18 PM ET

Michael Sam Released from Cowboys, Vows to Fight

Trudy Ring

The Cowboys gave the first out gay man drafted in the NFL his walking papers today.

Michael Sam, Cowboys Welcome Lull in Media Attention
October 21 2014 7:21 AM ET

Michael Sam, Cowboys Welcome Lull in Attention

Annie Hollenbeck

The Cowboys practice squad member has stayed out of the media spotlight since the regular season began.

WATCH: Comic Won't Apologize for Michael Sam Gay Joke
October 10 2014 3:34 PM ET

WATCH: Comic Won't Apologize for Michael Sam Gay Joke

Annie Hollenbeck

Comedian Aries Spears says his comment was just a harmless joke.

S.C. Fans Show Lack Of Creativity, Smarts in Michael Sam Posters
September 29 2014 7:24 PM ET

Fans Show Lack of Creativity, Smarts in Michael Sam Posters

Annie Hollenbeck

During the GameDay broadcast, which takes place in front of a sea of college football fans, two signs could be seen featuring homophobic messages about Michael Sam.

Jon Stewart Remembers When The NFL's Biggest Distraction Was a Gay Player
September 18 2014 12:01 PM ET

Jon Stewart Mocks NFL Over What's Really a 'Distraction'

Jami Smith

Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, remembers a simpler time when the NFL's biggest controversy was openly gay player Michael Sam.

WATCH: DirecTV's Ad Features Gay NFL Fans
September 06 2014 12:43 PM ET

WATCH: Meet DirecTV's Gay NFL Fans

Sunnivie Brydum

When the NFL's regular season kicked off on Thursday, it was a little more openly gay than ever before — but not because of Michael Sam.

Report: Michael Sam Joining Dallas Cowboys' Practice Team
September 03 2014 11:01 AM ET

Michael Sam Joins Dallas Cowboys' Practice Team

Michelle Garcia

Sam reported to Texas on Wednesday, where the Cowboys have confirmed they will sign him to a practice team.

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