Michael Sam to Go Dancing with the Stars

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Michael Sam is yet to find a permanent home in the NFL.

But the former SEC co-defensive Player of the Year is set to tackle a new challenge while he pursue his professional football playing dreams:

He's headed to Dancing with the Stars!

Michael Sam at the ESPYs

[UPDATE: The full Dancing with the Stars cast has been announced!]

Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, tells TMZ that he’ll show off his moves on Season 20 of the reality competition, which gets underway next month.

The defensive end has insinuated that he is not on a roster because of his sexuality and says he has every intention of still playing in the NFL.

He'll attend the veteran's combine on March 22 to prove himself to various coaches and general managers.

It's worth wondering, therefore, how his Dancing with the Stars participation will be received. Might league executives question his commitment to football if he's spending time studying the Tango over the playbook?

Dancing with the Stars Season 20, meanwhile, will mark the final appearance on the show for judge Len Goodman.

Sam is the first celebrity to confirm his inclusion this spring.

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Dancing with the Stars Quotes

We should have started dancing with one arm waaay before.

Cristian de la Fuente [following his injury, trip to the hospital and subsequent stellar performance]

I am not the best dancer, and I have not been the best dancer from the beginning. I am happy we made it this far.

Cristian de la Fuente