Sam Drafted to The St. Louis Rams
COLUMBIA - He heard 248 names called before his, but Missouri's Defensive End Michael Sam finally got the call he wanted on Day Three of the NFL Draft.
The 6-foot-2, 260 pound defender was selected in the seventh round of the NFL Draft.
Sam is the first SEC Defensive Player of the Year to not be drafted in the first round since 2006, and is the lowest drafted person to ever receive the award.
Thank you to the St. Louis Rams and the whole city of St. Louis. I'm using every ounce of this to achieve greatness!! pic.twitter.com/QESdOJVzsw— Michael Sam (@MikeSamFootball) May 10, 2014
While at Missouri, Sam red-shirted his freshman season but played in all 13 games in 2010; tallying 24 tackles, seven for loss and 3.5 for sacks with an interception and a forced fumble.
He played in all 13 games in 2011 collecting 29 tackles, three for loss, one forced fumbled, and 1.5 sacks with an interception. Sam became a part-time starter in 2012 and was credited with 22-7-4.5 and two forced fumbles.
In his final season with the Tigers, Sam started all 14 games and registered 48-19-11.5 with two batted passes and two forced fumbles.
Sam is the first openly gay player in NFL history.