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Missouri’s Michael Sam, Chiefs great Derrick Thomas to be featured in SEC Storied documentaries

The SEC Network and ESPN Films announced Tuesday that it would debut five new SEC Storied documentaries on Tuesdays in September. One will feature former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam and another will chronicle the life and death of former Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas.
The SEC Network and ESPN Films announced Tuesday that it would debut five new SEC Storied documentaries on Tuesdays in September. One will feature former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam and another will chronicle the life and death of former Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas. FILE PHOTOS

Missouri will get its first SEC Storied treatment Sept. 22 with the debut of the documentary “Sam” on the SEC Network.

Former Alabama star Derrick Thomas, an NFL and Chiefs Hall of Famer, also will receive the documentary treatment from ESPN Films.

“Sam” chronicles the bond former Tigers defensive end Michael Sam forged with wide receiver L’Damian Washington and defensive tackle Marvin Foster after he revealed his sexuality during a team meeting before the 2013 season.

Sam, who tied the Missouri record for sacks with 11 1/2 that season and was chosen as the SEC defensive player of the year, announced in February 2014 that he was gay, becoming the first openly gay active player in football.

“Sam” debuts Sept. 22 and is directed by Marquis Daisy, who also directed “Rand University” about the upbringing and college career of Randy Moss.

The Thomas documentary, “In Search of Derrick Thomas,” airs Sept. 29 and chronicles the life and untimely death of one of the greatest sack artists in football history.

The SEC Network announced five new SEC Storied documentaries, which are produced by ESPN Films Tuesday at SEC Media Days. Each will air at 8 p.m. on a Tuesday in September.

It starts Sept. 1 with “Wuerffel’s Way,” the story of former Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel’s connection with an impoverished New Orleans neighborhood.

The second installment, “Miracles on the Plains,” which airs Sept. 8, chronicles Auburn’s magical 2013 season, which started with the poisoning of famed oak trees on Toomer’s Corner that spring and ended with an appearance in the national championship game.

“The Bo You Don’t Know” about former LSU coach Bo Rein, who died in a 1980 plane crash shortly after being hired away from North Carolina State, debuts Sept. 15.

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