Watch Michael Sam celebrate with tears and a kiss for his boyfriend

Michael Sam is the first openly gay player to be drafted by the NFL. Upon hearing he was chosen by the St. Louis Rams, ESPN video of Sam's tearful reaction and kiss with his boyfriend went viral. (Nicki DeMarco/The Washington Post)

Michael Sam, the first openly gay player taken in the NFL draft, celebrated the moment the way other football players have celebrated: by kissing the person he is in a relationship with.

The NFL’s historic moment was filmed by ESPN and, as St. Louis Rams Coach Jeff Fisher told him the news over the telephone, Sam broke into tears and sobbed. Then he embraced and kissed his boyfriend as they shared cake.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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