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Michael Sam EndorsementFormer University of Missouri star defensive end Michael Sam made history on Friday when he was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the 7th Round of the 2014 NFL Draft, making him the first openly gay payer in league history. His late round selection was a bit of a mystery considering his SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year and Unanimous First-Team All-American accolades in 2013, however no matter the round he was selected in, Sam is projected to be a star in the NFL.

Off the field he has made just as many headlines, not only four his courage in coming out about his sexuality, but also for the endorsement deal he has landed with Visa. In a recent ad released by Visa featuring Sam, he eludes to the fact that many people have judged him for his sexuality and not for his play on the field, and suggests that they should rise above their personal views of his lifestyle and instead judge him for what he does on the field.

“Judge me for running a 4.91 at the combine, for a blown tackle on the outside rush,” Sam says in the ad, while bench pressing. “Or holding fourth and goal with your team’s wildcard berth on the line. Remember me for sending you home with tears of joy or tears of sorrow. Judge me for what I do on the field.”

The terms and duration of Sam’s deal with Visa were not disclosed, however Visa is confident in Sam and content with the match.

“We felt that Michael’s story was a perfect fit for our ‘everywhere’ campaign, which is meant to inspire people to trench their own personal goals and aspirations,” said Visa’s chief marketing officer Kevin Burke. “We wish Michael the best on and off the field as he embarks on the next chapter of his life.”

If your company is interested in finding out booking fees and availability for a Football Celebrity like Michael Sam or other sports celebrities for an Autograph Session, Product Endorsement, Advertising Campaign, VIP Meet and Greet or Guest Appearance contact Michael Sam’s booking agent, call us at 1.888.246.7141, or start your athlete booking request.

Watch Michael Sam Speaking About his Game against the University of Florida:

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