(NBC NEWS) A University of Missouri star projected to be drafted into the NFL looks set to become the first publicly gay pro football player.

All-American defensive lineman Michael Sam said he told his teammates and coaches last year, “I’m gay,” according to interviews with The New York Times and on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” program on Sunday.

“I am an openly, proud gay man,” Sam told ESPN.

  • Text smaller
  • Text bigger
Note: Read our discussion guidelines before commenting.