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Michael Sam makes Canadian professional football debut

Michael Sam, the former SEC defensive player of the year who became the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team, made his Canadian professional football debut Friday night for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

Sam, who is also the first openly gay player in CFL history, took his first snap with 4:48 remaining in the first quarter in Montreal’s game against the Ottawa Redblacks.

Sam was selected in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams and played in some preseason games but was cut before the regular season started. He also was part of the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad for several weeks last year, but never made the 53-man roster. He was an all-American in 2013 as a defensive end for the Missouri Tigers.

Sam won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2014 ESPYs.

Correction: An earlier version of this post failed to clarify that Sam played some preseason games with the NFL’s St. Louis Rams.