2014 has witnessed some of the biggest advances in LGBT inclusion in sports. Athletes have been coming out in high school, college, and professional sports around the world.
Today, the Dallas Cowboys waived defensive end Michael Sam, the first openly-gay player in an NFL team.
The St. Louis Rams have cut Michael Sam. In advance of the regular season, which kicks off next week, each NFL team had until 4 p.m. today to cut its roster down to a maximum of 53 players. Sam was among the final players cut from the Rams just before today's deadline.
Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL player, had three sacks in preseason games, but now faces a crucial test. It's the week that the NFL finalizes their rosters, and #SamFans are watching to see if Sam will stay with the Rams, be picked up from another team, or be cut completely from the NFL.
"I'm determined to be great. I'm determined to make the team," said Michael Sam at a press conference yesterday, during which he spoke candidly about his feelings from the pre-draft, being the first openly gay athlete drafted to the NFL, and his impact on kids throughout the country.