Michelle Obama: Gay NFL hopeful an ‘inspiration’


(Kevin Jairaj/USA Today Sports) - Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam helped his team win the SEC East and the Cotton Bowl this past season.

First lady Michelle Obama on Monday tweeted her support for University of Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam and his decision to come out as gay in advance of the NFL Draft.

The Obamas also celebrated former NBA star Jason Collins when he came out last year. He was Michelle Obama's guest at the State of the Union address last month.

Sam is a leading pro prospect as the AP's SEC co-defensive player of the year and an All-American. The NFL's scouting combine -- a key precursor to the draft -- begins in two weeks.

He tweeted in response to the first lady:

Related: Video: Michael Sam says he is gay

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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