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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 Perplexes TMZ Cameraman with 'Game of Thrones' Wedding News: VIDEO

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NFL free agent Michael Sam and his fiancé Vito Cammisano arrived at LAX and were immediately confronted by an aggressive TMZ cameraman who began questioning them about their engagement and wedding date.

Sam was prepared though, and began giving the cameraman all the information he wanted. Unfortunately for the photog, he doesn't watch Game of Thrones.

Sam told the photog the couple was getting married in Westeros with Tyrion and Tywin Lannister, and is registered at King's Landing. He also told the photog the wedding date is April 17 (the premiere date for the show).

Said Sam: "Hopefully it will not be at the red wedding though. I will be very upset to be at the red wedding."

The photographer was mystified.

Replied Sam: "Maybe — gay people — you don't know our terminology."

Watch the genius exchange, AFTER THE JUMP...

Last night, TMZ reported that Sam had signed to compete on the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars.

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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."


Michael Sam Says He Doesn't Believe Being Gay Has Kept Him Off NFL Roster: VIDEO

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In a new post on Sports Illustrated's MMQB blog, Michael Sam reflects on the last 12 months of his career and his goal to make it onto the NFL roster. The first openly gay player to be drafted in the league, Sam attempts to set the record straight, so to speak, about his decision to come out and what he believes has stopped him from being signed to one of the NFL's 32 teams. 

While Sam writes, "I don’t believe that being gay has kept me off an NFL roster," he also states unequivocally that his not being in the league is not for lack of the requisite athletic ability to succeed: "I will challenge anyone who says I don’t have the talent to make it in the league."

Of his decision to come out, Sam tackles head-on the intense media scrutiny over the attention he received, stating, "Contrary to what some people may think, I didn’t make this announcement for the sake of making history, or because I relished the attention that it came along with." 

Sam2Sam's up-close-and-personal essay also addresses that infamous ESPN report on his showering habits:

"I never doubted that my teammates had my back, but if I needed any evidence, it happened toward the end of camp in August when a television network decided to run a questionable segment about what my showering habits looked like. I immediately received support inside the Rams locker room from my teammates, but when Chris Long sent his famous tweet informing the network that “everyone but you is over it,” that meant a lot. To see a veteran like Chris very publicly get my back is something I will never forget and will always be grateful for."

In an interview with the MMQB, the former SEC Defensive Player of the Year talked about being contacted by closeted players both in the NFL and other sports leagues, saying,

"I'm not the only one. A lot of people--just because we play a masculine sport they think there's no gay players in the NFL. There's a lot of us. And you know, but they need to feel more comfortable to come out when they're ready."

Sam adds that he thought his coming out as a rookie would give "courage" to closeted players who were veterans in the league to come out. Said Sam, "I was wrong, but it's all good." 

Meanwhile, Sam isn't giving up on his NFL aspirations: "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."

Watch Sam's interview with the MMQB, AFTER THE JUMP...

And read his post HERE.

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Michael Sam on Experimenting in College: 'After That First Time I Knew Pretty Damn Sure' I Was Gay - VIDEO

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NFL free agent Michael Sam spoke this week at the 2015 Time to THRIVE Conference in Portland, Oregon where Ellen Page came out of the closet last year. The conference promotes safety, inclusion, and well-being for LGBTQ youth.

Sam delivered an inspiring speech which covered his youth:

"I grew up poor, I grew up afraid, I grew up alone. There was 8 members of my family. Out of 8 only 5 are still living. Two are currently in prison, the other two are working class Americans. I grew up afraid because the people I was supposed to love supposed to have my back, supposed to tell me that it's ok I'm here for you - I didn't have that. I grew up alone. The people who were supposed to be there for me weren't. I looked to football and sports to be my sanctuary."

Sam suspected he was gay, and drew laughs from the audience when he shared what is a very common experience for many in coming out:

"I pretty much knew when I go to college maybe I will experiment - I will see if maybe I'm not gay. Maybe it's a phase. But you know, after that first time I knew pretty damn sure I didn't like girls."

He also praised his fiancé Vito Cammisano for giving him strength:

"During those times where I felt like I was weak I had one person to tell me that there's no one in the world who can do what you can do. I think you were meant to do this - and this was Vito Cammisano my fiancé. Vito has been with me for a long time and actually it is because of Vito I am here tonight to talk to you guys. He is the only one who made me comfortable to be who I am, to be comfortable in my own skin. I owe him everything."

Sam said he had to live truth and not hide from who he is:

"I didn't want to be ashamed of myself when I come home and I see Vito and look him in the face and lie to myself - and I was like 'Vito I'm  gay to you but only in closed doors but I'm not gay to the world'. I manned up and a couple days ago we celebrated my first anniversary of me being comfortable with who I am and I'm proud of myself. I have no regrets."

Watch Sam's full inspiring speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

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