When the St. Louis Rams drafted defensive end Michael Sam in the 7th round, they knew that he would be one of the most watched players, but what they didn't know is that he would be winning an award before he even played his first minute of NFL football.
Tonight, the rookie defensive end will be given the Arthur Ashe Award during the 2014 ESPYs.
#Rams DE @MichaelSamNFL to receive Arthur Ashe Courage award at tonight's ESPY's. Told GM Les Snead, HC Jeff Fisher will be in attendance.— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) July 16, 2014
The Arthur Ashe Award is given out annually during the ESPYs and is given to recognize a member of the sports world who best exhibits courage in the face of adversity. In February, Sam announced that he was gay. Making that announcement would make Sam the first openly gay NFL player (since he was likely to make a roster), and the Rams made Sam the first openly gay NFL player to get drafted.
For those who are wondering, yes, this award was announced to be given to Sam before the Rams drafted him.
Everyone's favorite then actor/now rapper Drake will host the 22nd annual ESPY award show. Maybe the fan of every hot team, no matter the sport, will be a good host for the show. If not, I heard a rumor that he will perform a new song also.