University of Missouri

May 10, 2014 9:28 PM

Teammates feel relief for Michael Sam after he is drafted by Rams

Former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam doubled over and began sobbing when Rams coach Jeff Fisher called shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday to say he’d been drafted into the NFL. “It took a guy with raw courage to stand up,” Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said as he left the NASCAR Sprint Cup race Saturday night at Kansas Speedway. Far from the camera’s prying lens, Sam’s former Tigers teammates felt a similar sense of relief.

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