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Michael Sam Tells Mizzou He 'Worked Hard Not to Cry' When They Welcomed Him After Coming Out


The Columbia Missourian has published a letter from NFL hopeful Michael Sam in which he thanks the Mizzou community for supporting his coming out.

Writes Sam in the letter:

To my fellow University of Missouri students, athletes, faculty, alumni and supporters:

From my first recruiting trip to the University of Missouri, I felt something extraordinary and special — something I didn't feel anyplace else. I didn't have a name for it then; I do now. It's called family. And to me that family is defined by unconditional love.

Certainly you cheered my successes, but you also picked me up when I fell. Maybe most importantly, you gave me a chance to live my truth without judgment, without hesitation and with great discretion and respect.

When I came out last month, I did it with the confidence that my Mizzou "family" would always be there for me. To put it mildly, the love and acceptance I felt was amazing. The day after the announcement, my name was spelled out in the stadium; fraternities hung #StandWithSam banners; then when I went to the basketball game to honor the football team's Cotton Bowl victory, I worked hard not to cry because of the amazing reception.

I have a long journey ahead of me, a lot of hard work and many dreams I want to fulfill. But I do it with the confidence that my Mizzou family will be there for me every step of the way. I will continue to work my hardest; I will strive to make you all proud. And I will be a Tiger forever.

Love, Michael

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  1. Swoon, just swoon!

    Posted by: Jersey | Mar 20, 2014 10:16:50 AM

  2. I don't know much about football, so I hope he's as good in the NFL as he is in text. Everything he says is great.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 20, 2014 1:04:02 PM

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