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Tony Dungy won the Super Bowl as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts in 2007.

But he didn't win over a lot of fans this week when he said he would NOT have drafted Michael Sam for his team, explaining that the first openly gay player in NFL history would be too much of a "distraction."

"I wouldn't have taken him. Not because I don't believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn't want to deal with all of it," Dungy told The Tampa Tribune, adding:

"It's not going to be totally smooth ... things will happen."

This remark especially caused a stir because Dungy openly campaigned for Michael Vick to be given a fair chance in the league after he served two years in prison on dog fighting charges awhile back.

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The Michael Sam reality show has been indefinitely placed on hold.

The former Missouri defensive end and SEC Defensive Player of the Year became the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL this month.

A few days ago, he announced that he had signed on for a series with OWN that would chronicle his journey to making the team.

It was a move met with criticism by those who cited Sam himself as saying he wanted to be known as just a football player, not a gay football player - and how many seventh round draft picks star in reality shows?

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Now, following an admission by the St. Louis Rams that they were unaware of Sam’s deal with OWN prior to choosing him and were afraid he could become a "distraction," Sam has pulled out of the series.

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From Lindsay Lohan to... Michael Sam?

Let no one accuse Oprah Winfrey's struggling television network of not being diverse.

OWN announced today that that it will air a series which chronicles Sam’s journey as the first openly gay player in the NFL, with a press release describing the program as "a deeply personal, up-close look at the remarkable man at the center of this groundbreaking moment in professional sports."

Sam was drafted in the 7th round of last week's NFL draft and will head this summer to the St. Louis Rams training camp.

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He still must make the 53-man roster this fall.

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by Tyler Johnson at . Comments

Over the weekend, Michael Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, thus making history as the first openly gay player to enter the NFL.

Vito Cammisano Kisses Michael Sam

Most of the social media responses to the news were overwhelmingly positive, with Sam's boyfriend Vito Cammisano leading the pack of congratulatory tweeters.

Sadly, a handful of homophobes were more than happy to rain on the parade with some even calling for a boycott of ESPN for showing a kiss between Sam and Cammisano on air.

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by Hilton Hater at . Comments

Michael Sam made NFL history on Saturday.

The defensive end became the first openly gay player to be drafted by this professional football league when the St. Louis Rams took him in the seventh round.

Watch Sam's emotional reaction to receiving the news here:

But while the Internet was abuzz over this development, Tweeting congratulations to both Sam and the Rams, many stopped to wonder:

Who's that guy Sam is kissing?!?

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by Free Britney at . Comments

Dale Hansen, a Dallas-area sports anchor, has offered an epic defense of Michael Sam, the former Missouri star turned NFL prospect who just came out as gay.

Sam, "the SEC defensive player of the year and expected to be a third to fifth-round pick in the NFL draft, tells the world he's gay," Hansen began his most recent commentary."

"The best defensive player in college football's best conference only a third to fifth round NFL pick? Really? That is shocking, and I guess that other thing is, too."

Several NFL officials tell SI that Michael Sam coming out will hurt his draft status, due to its effect in the locker room; it would be uncomfortable, because that's a man's world.

Watch Hansen obliterate that argument in the monologue below:

"It wasn't that long ago," the 65-year-old recalls, "when we were being told that black players couldn't play in 'our games because it would be 'uncomfortable.'"

"And even when they finally could, it took several more years before a black man played quarterback. Because we weren't 'comfortable' with that, either."

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by Hilton Hater at . Comments

Michael Sam, the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year, came out as gay tonight in interviews with ESPN and The New York Times.

Simply put, "I am an openly, proud gay man," the former Missouri defensive end say, adding:

"I understand how big this is. It's a big deal. No one has done this before. And it's kind of a nervous process, but I know what I want to be ... I want to be a football player in the NFL."

Assuming Sam is drafted in May, he will accomplish this goal, becoming the first open homosexual to play professionally in America.

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