Here’s How NFL Player Michael Sam Could Change Missouri Law

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With the 34th pick in the last round of the 2014 NFL Draft and the 249th pick overall, the St. Louis Rams drafted Mizzou defensive lineman Michael Sam, who will become the first openly gay player to play in the National Football League. There have been other players that have come out after their retirement, but none came out while playing, let alone before being drafted.

In an interview with the St. Louis media, relayed by ESPN, Sam called the drafting “the single greatest moment of my life,” saying that “if we were playing the Vikings right now, I’d probably have three sacks the first game,” Sam said. “Since February and my big announcement, this has been a whole [lot of] speculation of the first openly gay football player, but you know what? It’s not about that. It’s about playing football.”

Sam’s drafting by St. Louis may have implications beyond just that, though. While it was reported that the Giants, Bears, and Ravens were all planning on making him a priority free agent — meaning that, even if he hadn’t been picked up by the Rams, he would’ve definitely made it into the league — the fact that he wound up on the Rams may prove to be the legal impetus behind some adjustments to Missouri state law.

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