Former NFL player Michael Sam will be the keynote speaker at the University of Louisville’s Pride Week on November 3rd. His talk will take place at the Swain Student Activities Center starting at 7 p.m. and the event will be open to the public and is free of charge. Considering his ties to the LGBT community, there is no doubt as to why he was chosen to be the speaker for this eye-opening and informative function at U of L.
Sam grew up in Hitchcock, Texas and attended Hitchcock High School where he played both defensive and offensive positives on the football team. Even when he was an 8th grader, Sam participated with the squad as the waterboy. After he graduated from high school, he earned athletic scholarships to multiple universities but ended up choosing to go to the University of Missouri. The 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year was also the first openly gay player to ever get drafted to the NFL, which he got picked up for in the 2014 Draft during the 7th round by the St. Louis Rams. Eventually, he was cut from the team when they made their final cuts to reduce the roster, but was added to the training roster for the Dallas Cowboys. However, in May 2015 Sam was given a two-year contract to play for the Montreal Alouettes where he still plays today.
Sam will be traveling to the University of Louisville on November 3rd to be the keynote speaker for this year’s Pride Week event happening on campus, and it’s expected to be both a fun and informative event.
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