COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Michael Sam was just another recruit when he left his small Houston-area hometown and arrived in Missouri. Playing for the Tigers, the Hitchcock, Texas, native turned into a private loquacious leader ready to make a trailblazing announcement.
The defensive star wants to become the first openly gay NFL player.
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel, athletic director Mike Alden and other school officials applauded Sam's courage Monday at Faurot Field. As a backdrop, the first two letters of Sam's last name were etched in snow to join the giant "M'' just beyond the north end zone.