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Full house at Rams for Michael Sam availability

Full house at Rams for Michael Sam availability

Missouri senior defensive lineman Michael Sam speaks to the media during an NCAA college football news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in Irving, Texas. Missouri takes on Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl on Friday in Arlington, Texas. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Brandon Wade

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Michael Sam says St. Louis feels “just like home.”

The first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team was formally introduced by the Rams on Tuesday at a packed news conference with his fellow rookies. The former Missouri defensive end says he feels blessed to be in the league — and to be with a team just two hours from where he played in college.

Sam was grouped with five others taken in the sixth- and seventh rounds of Saturday’s draft, including Missouri teammate E.J. Gaines. Unlike your garden-variety, seventh-round pick, Sam also was scheduled for a solo session.

Sam puts on the pads later in the week when the team holds a rookie minicamp, normally a low-key event also sure to attract outsized attention.
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