Breaking The Mold Like This Football Player Just Did Isn't Easy. But It's Terrific, That's For Sure. Michael Sam is a defensive lineman for the University of Missouri (Mizzou) Tigers. He opened up about his personal life by coming out, potentially becoming the first openly gay NFL player in history. Being gay in (or on) any field shouldn't matter at all, but since Sam may be a first in his sport to live openly, it really really matters. The only way out of a culture of silence is through. Curator: Joseph Lamour . Share this by clicking the Facebook or Twitter icons below.