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NFL Free Agent Michael Sam Invited to Veteran Combine, Says He's 'Getting the Hang' of Dancing: VIDEO

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NFL free agent defensive end Michael Sam has been invited to the first-ever veteran combine, ESPN reports:

The veteran combine will be held March 22 in Tempe, Arizona, less than a week after Sam is set to start competing on the latest season of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," which starts March 16.

Sam was chosen last year in the seventh round of the draft by the St. Louis Rams but the team released him before the season began. He was later signed to the Dallas Cowboys practice squad but then waived.

The Veteran Combine is similar to the one held for potential draftees but it is for current NFL free agents like Sam.

Following the announcement this week that Sam would compete on Dancing With The Stars, he released a statement on Twitter:

Very excited to be a part of @DancingABC. Football remains my unquestioned number 1 priority, however, while I continue to train and stay ready, I am ecstatic to participate in a fun, athletic competition like so many players before me have done. Filming this offseason is very flexible and allows me to be part of the veterans combine 3/22 if accepted or any other workouts. I’m looking forward to getting started with @PetaMurgatroyd and winning! Thanks for the support! #TeamSambatroyd

Paparazzi stationed outside Dancing With The Stars rehearsals caught up with Sam this week as he arrived to rehearsals with fiancé Vito Cammisano in tow, and asked him which was tougher, dancing or the combine.

"Both," he replied.

They also asked if he has nailed his first dance yet:

"I think it's a secret right now. It's different from football. Peta's (Murgatroyd, his partner) doing a great job. She's bearing with me. It's different than football, clearly. But I'm getting the hang of it. It's fun. Great workout."

And what kind of advice he had for gay kids nervous to come out.

"Be on your truth. On your truth."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Michael Sam Confirmed As 'Dancing With The Stars' Contestant, Will Vie For NFL Spot As Well

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NFL free agent and the league's first openly gay player to be drafted has confirmed reports that he will be joining the next season of Dancing With The Stars. Said Sam on Twitter,

Very excited to be a part of @DancingABC. Football remains my unquestioned number 1 priority, however, while I continue to train and stay ready, I am ecstatic to participate in a fun, athletic competition like so many players before me have done. Filming this offseason is very flexible and allows me to be part of the veterans combine 3/22 if accepted or any other workouts. I’m looking forward to getting started with @PetaMurgatroyd and winning! Thanks for the support! #TeamSambatroyd

Sam's dancing partner Peta Murgatroyd tweeted her own excitement to work with Sam:

The official announcement from ABC came on Good Morning America Tuesday.

The International Business Times reports:

Sam, who was drafted by the St. Louis Rams but was cut before the start of last season, will join another athlete, Olympic gold medal gymnast Nastia Liuken, on the show. Past winners of the dance program include football stars Hines Ward, Emmitt Smith and Donald Driver.

The defensive end will be fighting to make a roster somewhere in the NFL, and will hope to get accepted into the first Veteran Free Agent Combine in March. Sam didn’t play in a regular season game last season. He was let go by the Rams during the final round of cuts after the preseason. He later joined the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad but was cut after seven weeks.

Sam is recently engaged to boyfriend Vito Cammisano, a face we can look forward to seeing in the audience in the DWTS ballroom.


Michael Sam to Compete on 'Dancing With the Stars': REPORT

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NFL free agent Michael Sam has signed up to compete on Dancing with the Stars in March, according to TMZ:

Michael -- the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL -- will be part of Season 20, which fires up next month. Here's the problem. Sam -- who insinuated he was cut from the NFL because he is gay -- has vowed to get back in the league and said he'd take part in the first-ever veteran's combine on March 22.

We'll report on any developments as they come...

Sam told Sports Illustrated last week that he planned to continue trying to play in the NFL, saying:

"I’ll give up the game when my legs are both broken. I’m a football player and I will keep fighting for my dream to play in the NFL."


Carlton Does The Carlton Dance On 'Dancing With The Stars' And It Kills: VIDEO

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Feel like celebrating yesterday's SCOTUS decision that will expand same-sex marriage in the U.S.? That's not unusual. Enjoy a performance by Alfonso Ribeiro on last night's Dancing With The Stars that features a famous bit of dance you may remember from his days as Carlton on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Dancing With the Stars Judge Outs 'Mean Girls' Star Jonathan Bennett As Gay: VIDEO

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Jonathan Bennett, Mean Girls alumni and current contestant on Dancing With the Stars, was seemingly outed by DWTS judge Julianne Hough during an recent interview with Mario Lopez on Extra. 

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"[Bennett] tweeted me last year and said, like, I  had a nice butt, but he also tagged my trainer. And so I was like, 'Oh, he's hitting on me. I should try to go on a date with him'"

When asked by Lopez what happened with the potential match-up, Hough responded:

"He's gay. So, I was like, that's not gonna work"

Watch the revealing interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

You may recall the interwebs being abuzz with rumors last year that Bennett had previously been in a relationship with Kyle XY star Matt Dallas. 

Bennett's rep has declined to comment on Hough's interview. 

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‘Mean Girls’ Alum Jonathan Bennett Makes His Debut On ‘Dancing With the Stars’: VIDEO

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Jonathan Bennett, better known to some as Aaron Samuels, gave his first performance on Dancing With The Stars Monday night. He and his partner turned out a jive that can only be described as "grool." 

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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