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Michael Sam Delivers Powerful Speech

The first openly gay active NFL player accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs

by #teamEBONY, July 17, 2014

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Michael Sam

Michael Sam, the first openly gay football player to be drafted by the NFL, gave a powerful speech about being true to oneself during his acceptance speech for the ESPYs Arthur Ashe Courage Award in Los Angeles.

The defensive end, who made history after being drafted by the St. Louis Rams earlier this year, began by quoting the late tennis star Arthur Ashe: “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” “Those are words to live by, whether you’re black or white, young or old, straight or gay,” Sam said, holding back tears.

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