21 Times Michael Sam Was A Complete Badass

Yes, he's a gay, black, football player — but most importantly he's a very impressive young man.

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1. When he overcame incredible odds to become the first member of his family to graduate college.

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During an earlier interview with Outside the Lines on ESPN back in February he discussed a laundry list of childhood tragedies that included witnessing his brother die from a gunshot wound and living in the back seat of his mom's car for a period of time in high school. Despite his tough upbringing he never made excuses or let it become a crutch.

4. When he led the SEC in sacks his senior year.

I'll let the numbers do the talking... Because they can't possible lie #ResultsOriented

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I'll let the numbers do the talking... Because they can't possible lie #ResultsOriented

11:53 AM - 24 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

5. When he was a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Award which is annually given to the best defensive player in college football.

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6. When he helped lead Missouri to their first SEC division title in 2013.

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Michael Sam was a huge part of the Tigers' magical season that made their presence felt in only their second season in the mighty SEC.

7. When he forced a fumble against Oklahoma St. to help Missouri seal the victory in the Cotton Bowl.

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8. When he addressed his poor 40-yard-dash time from the combine in this inspiring commercial.

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9. When he rocked the crap out of this pink polo shirt on draft day.

Thank you to the St. Louis Rams and the whole city of St. Louis. I'm using every once of this to achieve greatness!!

Michael Sam@MichaelSamNFL

Thank you to the St. Louis Rams and the whole city of St. Louis. I'm using every once of this to achieve greatness!!

07:17 PM - 10 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Proving once and for all only real men wear pink.

10. When he made this sick kid smile.

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11. When he read to these elementary school kids.

Had a great time spending the morning reading stories with my lil buddies at New Haven Elementary #futuretigers

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Had a great time spending the morning reading stories with my lil buddies at New Haven Elementary #futuretigers

01:32 PM - 19 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

12. When he held this adorable puppy.

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13. When he enjoyed a delicious mimosa with his boyfriend.

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Anyone who has ever been to a bottomless brunch knows how badass mimosas are.

14. When he learned about wine in Napa.

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Knowing how to pick a good wine is one life's most unrated skills.

15. When he was named the recipient of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

Bound by their unbreakable will. We're proud to name @MikeSamFootball the recipient of the 2014 Ashe Courage Award.

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Bound by their unbreakable will. We're proud to name @MikeSamFootball the recipient of the 2014 Ashe Courage Award.

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"The Ashe Award is one of the most prestigious in sports. Recipients reflect the spirit of Arthur Ashe, possessing strength in the face of adversity, courage in the face of peril and the willingness to stand up for their beliefs no matter what the cost. The award is inspired by the life that Ashe lived, using his fame and stature to advocate for human rights, although, at the time, those positions may have been unpopular and were often controversial."

16. When he stopped to take a picture with this movie theater employee.

17. When he proved his critics wrong time and time again.

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In high school, Michael Sam was only a two-star recruit according to Rivals.com spurned by local powerhouse Texas A&M who didn't off him a scholarship. He went on to become one of the most dominant defensive ends in the country. Going into the NFL draft everyone told Sam he's too short and too slow to succeed on the NFL level. Now, he'll have another chance to prove them wrong.

18. When he came out to the world.

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20. When he got emotional after achieving his dream of being drafted into the NFL

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21. When he lovingly kissed his boyfriend while celebrating being drafted by the St. Louis Rams.

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Being true to yourself — no matter what other people say or think — is always badass.