Michael Sam may not be on the roster for a team in the National Football League, but the first openly gay player to be drafted into the league still makes you want to watch his replays.
During a sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey on “Oprah Prime,” the former University of Missouri standout revealed a little-known secret after the iconic talk show host asked him: “Have other gay players in the NFL called you or contacted you?”
“A very few reached out to me,” answered Sam, who was taken in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams with the 249th pick earlier this year, but did not make the final roster. He was later picked up by the Dallas Cowboys for their practice squad, but is no longer with that team, either.
The seasoned interviewer seized on the word “few,” asking her guest to clarify the plural meaning of his comment.
“Very few meaning one? Two? Three? Five?” she asked.
“Very few reached out to me,” he replied, laughing. “They wished they had the courage to come out. Gay men in the NFL.”
Again, Oprah pressed on the word “men,” prompting GQ’s Man of the Year to say it in plain English: "There’s a lot of us out there. I’m not the only one. I’m just the only one who’s open.”
The full interview will air December 27 at 9 p.m. on OWN following the premiere of the network's "Michael Sam" documentary.