Even non-sports fans know that Michael Sam was drafted to the St. Louis Rams on Saturday, making him the first openly gay athlete in the NFL.
Ever since drafting began on Thursday, Sam has been the primary focus of everyone from LGBT groups to sports figures to your next-door neighbor. This means that as ESPN and all major news stations talk about the event, Twitter is also abuzz with excitement over the announcement.
As draft season began, Sam was excited regardless of the outcome.
No matter what happen these next few days, I will always cherish moments like this!!! pic.twitter.com/7jrhsUeebS
— Michael Sam (@MikeSamFootball) May 8, 2014
Once he was picked, even Magic Johnson offered his input.
Michael Sam now has to prove to the Rams organization that he's an outstanding football player. Nothing more, nothing less.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) May 11, 2014
Kids get it, so why doesn’t everyone else?
9yo: "But why does anyone care that Michael Sam is gay? Nobody cares that other players love women, do they?" Exactly, child. Exactly.
— Kristina Halvorson (@halvorson) May 11, 2014
Sam was beyond excited.
Thank you to the St. Louis Rams and the whole city of St. Louis. I'm using every once of this to achieve greatness!! pic.twitter.com/QESdOJVzsw
— Michael Sam (@MikeSamFootball) May 10, 2014
And then the jokes began.
We let a guy named Michael Sam in the NFL? What's next, a guy with three first names?
— Brian Altano (@agentbizzle) May 11, 2014
Congratulations to @MikeSamFootball on being the first openly professional football player in the gay community.
— God (@TheTweetOfGod) May 10, 2014
Michael Sam has become the first openly gay player in the NFL. As agreed, we will now let one straight man be cast in a Broadway musical.
— Gary Janetti (@GaryJanetti) May 10, 2014
On a serious note though, overalls need to stay in the 90’s.
People are offended by Michael Sam and I'm over here offended by Wade's overalls. pic.twitter.com/E2KR8ZWc2T
— Pro Sports Chick (@ProSportsChick) May 11, 2014
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