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The Football World Reacts To Michael Sam's Coming Out

College football star Michael Sam came out earlier tonight, in the hopes of being the first out gay player in the NFL. Reactions were mostly of support around the league.

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Sportswriters around the league responded to the news of Michael Sam coming out

Why do younger GMs matter, on Michael Sam coming out? Team exec: “… increased tolerance and awareness of younger generations.”

Ian Rapoport@RapSheet

Why do younger GMs matter, on Michael Sam coming out? Team exec: “… increased tolerance and awareness of younger generations.”

08:52 PM - 9 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

You know how much I hate the NFL draft. But this draft is going to be VERY interesting… http://t.co/6ZobtAc9S7

J.A. Adande@jadande

You know how much I hate the NFL draft. But this draft is going to be VERY interesting… http://t.co/6ZobtAc9S7

09:06 PM - 9 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

NFL workplace anti-discriminstion policy regarding sexual orientation here. @NFL345: NFL Statement on Michael Sam http://t.co/MOrRe3tUYK

Greg Aiello@gregaiello

NFL workplace anti-discriminstion policy regarding sexual orientation here. @NFL345: NFL Statement on Michael Sam http://t.co/MOrRe3tUYK

09:10 PM - 9 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A team’s top executive on Sam: “The league is in a better place to handle this now than a few years ago given the influx of younger GMs.”

Ian Rapoport@RapSheet

A team’s top executive on Sam: “The league is in a better place to handle this now than a few years ago given the influx of younger GMs.”

08:50 PM - 9 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Other players also reacted to the news

Hats off to you Michael Sam, that takes some guts #respect

Jonathan A. Martin@J_Martin71

Hats off to you Michael Sam, that takes some guts #respect

09:28 PM - 9 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Anyway I applaud Mike Sam. Young man wanted to step into the next phase of his life with all his cards on the table. Way to go kid.

D'Brickashaw@DragonflyJonez

Anyway I applaud Mike Sam. Young man wanted to step into the next phase of his life with all his cards on the table. Way to go kid.

08:35 PM - 9 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

There is no room for bigotry in American sports. It takes courage to change the culture.

Malcolm Smith@MalcSmitty

There is no room for bigotry in American sports. It takes courage to change the culture.

09:42 PM - 9 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The University of Missouri and its players tweeted support for Sam, having known since the beginning of the season

We support Tigers of all stripes at Mizzou. Proud of you @MikeSamFootball! #OneMizzou http://t.co/ueLCOJ4RFF

Mizzou@Mizzou

We support Tigers of all stripes at Mizzou. Proud of you @MikeSamFootball! #OneMizzou http://t.co/ueLCOJ4RFF

09:13 PM - 9 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Proud to be part of a university that shows so much support to news like that! Speaks volumes about Mizzou's values! #OneMizzou

Andrew Baggett@ABaggett99

Proud to be part of a university that shows so much support to news like that! Speaks volumes about Mizzou's values! #OneMizzou

09:22 PM - 9 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Is it really that big of a deal? You can either play big time football or you can't... And THIS GUY Michael Sam can ball! #OneMizzou

Bud Sasser@budsasser21

Is it really that big of a deal? You can either play big time football or you can't... And THIS GUY Michael Sam can ball! #OneMizzou

09:09 PM - 9 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Dare to be different and stand for what you believe in! Congrats to my brother @MikeSamFootball

L'Damian Washington®@Fe_Verdadera2

Dare to be different and stand for what you believe in! Congrats to my brother @MikeSamFootball

09:08 PM - 9 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Takes great courage to go public, no one will handle it better than Mike Sam

Luke Lambert@L_Lambert33

Takes great courage to go public, no one will handle it better than Mike Sam

09:05 PM - 9 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

We are a family, we don't judge. We just make plays and win football games.

Julio@Iam_TheDonDada

We are a family, we don't judge. We just make plays and win football games.

08:50 PM - 9 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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