Michael Sam is coming to Auburn.
The former Missouri defensive end from Hitchcock, Texas, who became the first openly gay player to be drafted in the NFL in 2014, is scheduled to speak on campus on Oct. 7 in a session called, “From Hitchcock High to the NFL: I am Michael Sam,” as reported by Corey Williams of ThePlainsman.com.
“Since his announcement, through scrutiny, criticism and admiration, he has become an icon and pioneer for the LGBTQI+ community,” Allen Sutton, director for Auburn’s Cross Cultural Center for Excellence, said to The Plainsman.com in an email. “The Cross Cultural Center felt that bringing Mr. Sam to Auburn to tell his inspiring story was a great way to begin celebrating LGBTQI+ History Month.”
Sam had short stints with the St. Louis Rams and Dallas Cowboys before joining the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes in 2015. He left the team in August of 2015.