Michael Sam: “If Someone Disowns You, Be Part Of My Family. I’ll Welcome You”

The first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team, Michael Sam, was formally introduced by the St. Louis Rams at a press conference yesterday, where he fielded several questions regarding his sexual orientation.

When asked what it’s like to be the first openly-gay athlete accepted into the NFL, Sam responded with, “It’s great.”

A reporter informed Sam about the story of a 15-year old boy, who came out to his military family after watching Sam make history as the first openly gay player drafted to the NFL.

The boy’s father wrote a powerful message thanking Sam for being an inspiration and wonderful role model (read the father’s message here).

Sam responded:

I’m honored that I helped someone to be comfortable with who we are — gave them a little courage to speak to his father. But right now I’m just looking forward to continue on my dream. And if it inspires other people, hey, I’m with you. And anyone that’s not okay with that, like I said earlier, if someone disowns you, be part of my family. I’ll welcome you.

“I use little things to motivate me, make me a better player,” Sam said during his introductory press conference. “Thank God for you guys for making this all a big deal, because it’s just going to make me an even better player than I am now.”

Watch his press conference below:

Watch the entire press conference below:

[H/T: thenewcivilrightsmovement]