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Michael Sam has set a new milestone:

He's the first openly gay man to suit up for a professional football team's practice squad.

Sam was cut by the Rams over the weekend, suffering a major blow to his dreams of playing in the NFL.

But Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett announced this morning during a news conference that his club has signed Sam to its practice squad, saying that adding Sam is "a good move for our football team right now."

Michael Sam as a Cowboy

"We're bringing a player in we wanted to see on the practice field and got nothing but good reports about him from our people and the people in St. Louis," Garrett said. "We just want to give him a chance to come in and see if he can help our football team."

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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."

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by Tyler Johnson at . Comments

Football history was made back in May when Michael Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, making him the first openly gay man selected in an NFL draft.

Michael Sam Image

There was immediate backlash from homophobic fans who complained when television coverage showed Sam kissing his boyfriend after receiving news that he'd been chosen by the Rams.

Now, it seems the pendulum has swung in the other direction, as supporters of Sam and LGBT rights are complaining that ESPN is devoting too much time and attention to Sam's sexual preference.

Following a SportsCenter report in which correspondent Josina Anderson stated that Sam is "respecting the space" of his teammates by showering privately, Twitter exploded with criticism, and Rams defensive end Chris Long led the charge:

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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?

Michael Sam Image

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.

Michael Sam Pic

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

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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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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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