NFL-Sam becomes league's first openly gay player ever drafted

NEW YORK, May 10 (Reuters) - Defensive end Michael Sam of the University of Missouri became the first openly gay player to be selected in a National Football League Draft when he was taken in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday.

Sam, the Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year who announced he was gay in February, would become the first openly gay player in the NFL should he make the team's 53-man regular season roster this summer. (Reporting by Larry Fine; Editing by Mark Lamport-Stokes)