NEW YORK -- The St. Louis Rams selected Hitchcock native Michael Sam with the 249th overall pick of the National Football League draft, making Sam the league's first openly gay player.

Sam, the 2013 Southeastern Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year, announced that he was openly gay in February, prior to the NFL Combine.

He is the second player from the Galveston County area to be selected in this year's draft. Galveston Ball's Mike Evans, who played his college ball at Texas A&M, was chosen by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the seventh overall pick.

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TJ Aulds is Mainland Editor for The Daily News.

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Dorothy Holt

Thank Goodness he was drafted. He was a very good collegiate player. I pray he does well in the pros and I wish him and his partner only the best. I can't begin to imagine the torment he was going through as the draft was nearly at the end. Best of luck, Michael Sam.

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