American footballer Michael Sam could become the National Football League’s first openly gay player after revealing his sexuality. The 24-year-old completed his college football career at the University of Missouri in December and is expected to be drafted by an NFL franchise in May. “I came to tell the world I’m an openly gay man,” the defensive lineman told ESPN. “If I work hard, if I make plays – that’s all that should matter.”
The NFL welcomed Sam’s announcement. Should Sam be drafted as expected and make an NFL roster in the 2014 season, he would become the first openly gay player to compete in any of North America’s four major professional sports leagues – football, baseball, basketball and hockey.