Michael Sam made history as the first openly gay player to be drafted by NFL team, but he won't make history as the first to take the field in the pros just yet.
The St. Louis Rams cut Sam on Saturday, as the former college all-pro was among final four players released before the team finalized its 53-man roster.
So what's next for Michael Sam? He is now on waivers and could be claimed by another team, meaning he would automatically make that club's roster.
If he is unclaimed, Sam may still wind up on the Rams' 10-man practice squad, with an opportunity to make the team that drafted him down the line.
The 24-year-old said via his Twitter account Saturday afternoon:
"I want to thank the Rams organization and the city of St. Louis for giving me this tremendous opportunity and allowing me to show I can play at this level."
"I look forward to continuing to build on the progress I made here toward a long and successful career. The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy."
"This is a lesson I've always known. The journey continues."