Michael Sam became the first openly gay man ever selected in the NFL Draft when the St Louis Rams took him 249th overall on Saturday.

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Sam was in the seventh round and 249th overall by the St. Louis Rams. Although he is the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year he was not rated highly as an NFL prospect.

Sam didn’t perform well at the NFL Combine where he scored poorly on measurable stats. He performed better at his pro day, but his size, speed and shaky athleticism led many to consider him a weak prospect.

Sam posted the photo below on Twitter, along with the caption: “Thank you to the St. Louis Rams and the whole city of St. Louis. I’m using every once of this to achieve greatness!!”

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