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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.

    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