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Football reacts to Michael Sam coming out

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Football players, coaches and personalities had a range of reactions to prospective NFL player Michael Sam's announcement that he's gay.

Sam, an All-America defensive lineman with the University of Missouri, identified himself as "an openly, proud gay man" in interviews with ESPN's "Outside the Lines" and the New York Times.

If he is selected in this year's NFL draft – scouts slated him as a third- to fifth-round pick – he would be the first openly gay player in NFL history.

Sam came out to his college teammates last summer, but decided to make his announcement in order to control the way the story was spread.

"I want to own my truth," he told ESPN's Chris Connelly. "Two weeks ago at The Senior Bowl I didn't realize how many people actually knew, and I was afraid that someone would tell or leak something out about me or tell my story. I just wanted to control the situation and tell my story."

The announcement drew reaction from the NFL, players, and even Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.

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