Michael Sam signs with the Dallas Cowboys

Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL, has signed onto the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas head coach Jason Garrett confirmed the news at a Cowboys press conference this morning.

"Michael Sam continues to change the game," said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. "He is a trailblazer and an inspiration, but, above all else, he is a great football player."

Ellis continued, "That an accomplished player like Sam, who performed strongly in the preseason, was not picked up sooner is a testament to both how far we have left to go as a culture and how far the NFL has to go as an organization."

"I'm excited to be to be joining Dallas," Sam told the Dallas Morning-News. "I just want to play football, it's great to be heading back to my home state [...] It's been a roller coaster this past week but I'm happy where I'm at now [...] I'm just looking forward to being a Cowboy, my focus is on making the team."

Sam was released from the St. Louis Rams this past Saturday.

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