Over the weekend, Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam acknowledged he is gay. It was a big moment for college football, because not only is Sam an active player, he is a promising NFL prospect and, if drafted, could be the first openly gay active athlete in the league.
His revelation has sparked a lot of conversation, but many of his teammates seem to be on the same page: Love. Family. #OneMizzou.
Here are some tweets of support from his fellow Tigers:
— Coach Gary Pinkel (@mizzoufootball) February 10, 2014
Dare to be different and stand for what you believe in! Congrats to my brother @MikeSamFootball
— L'Damian Washington® (@Fe_Verdadera2) February 10, 2014
— kony montoy ealy (@EalyKony) February 10, 2014
— Mitch Hall (@RealMitchHall69) February 10, 2014
— Evan Boehm 7⃣7⃣ (@BIGboehmTHEORY) February 10, 2014
So proud of Mike. The Mizzou family is behind him completely. He has been the best teammate and friend to all of us. I wish him all the luck
— Robert Luce (@Go0seGotMeLuce) February 10, 2014
We knew of his status for 5 years and not one team member, coach, or staff member said anything says a lot about our family atmosphere
— Donovan Bonner (@ElTorroOcho) February 10, 2014
Sam also got support from some other heavy hitters, including his own University, a cadre of NFL players, and the Commander in Chief himself:
— Mizzou (@Mizzou) February 10, 2014
— Michael Sam (@MikeSamFootball) February 10, 2014
Congratulations on leading the way, @MikeSamFootball. That's real sportsmanship.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 10, 2014
Michael Sam isn't the 1st gay player in the NFL although he is the 1st 2 come out.#realtalk Let's show him love like a family member. Truth
— DeionSanders (@DeionSanders) February 10, 2014
Good for Michael Sam. Takes courage for where he is in his career and where we are as a league. I applaud him.
— Tom Crabtree (@itsCrab) February 10, 2014
Hats off to you Michael Sam, that takes some guts #respect
— Jonathan A. Martin (@J_Martin71) February 10, 2014
Athlete Ally shared a pic of Sam with two of the league's most vocal gay rights advocates, Brendon Ayanbadejo and former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe.
— Athlete Ally (@AthleteAlly) February 10, 2014