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    Missouri’s All-American defensive end Michael Sam claps during the Cotton Bowl trophy presentation at halftime of a college basketball game between Missouri and Tennessee in Columbia, Mo. Sam was selected in the seventh round, 249th overall, by the St. Louis Rams in the NFL draft Saturday. The Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year last season for Missouri came out as gay in media interviews this year. Associated Press file photo

  • Commentary: Sam unafraid to rise or fall on his terms

    In this image taken from video, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, left, gets a kiss at a draft party Saturday in San Diego before he was selected in the seventh round, 249th overall, by the St. Louis Rams in the NFL draft. The Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year last season came out as gay in media interviews this year. AP Photo/ESPN

Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2014 6:26 pm | Updated: 11:44 pm, Sun May 11, 2014.

We’ll know what kind of football player the St. Louis Rams got with the 249th pick in the draft soon enough. We already know what kind of man they got in Michael Sam.

Anyone who watched him break into tears getting the phone call and expected only gratitude to spill out was in for a surprise. Because a few minutes later, breaking what amounted to a months-long silence, one of the first things Sam set out to do Saturday night was vaporize any lingering doubts that he wasn’t macho enough for the NFL.

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