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Michael Sam EndorsementsMichael Sam, an All-American defensive lineman from Missouri Tigers and the Associated Press’ SEC Defensive Player of the Year, said that he is gay in interviews with ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” and the New York Times in Early February. This recent announcement has sparked much conversation among NFL players as well as active and retired athletes.

His announcement early this month has not slowed down the endorsements as he has signed autograph deals with five trading card companies. Sam will have autographed products in Topps, Upper Deck, Panini, Sage and Press Pass sets.

“We normally focus on defensive players that are most likely to get drafted in the first two rounds, so Michael was originally one of our alternates,” said Nick Matijevich, vice president of operations for Press Pass, which has signed 70 players to autograph deals, including Johnny ManzielJadeveon Clowney and Teddy Bridgewater. “But the news made his inclusion a no-brainer.”

This past year, former NFL stars Brendon Ayanbadejo and Chris Kluwe helped open the doors for players like Michael Sam as they have been openly supportive and active for speaking on rights for gay athletes.

Sam is eligible for the NFL draft in May 2014. Assuming that he is drafted, Sam could become the first openly gay player in the history of the NFL. 

If your company is interested in finding out booking fees and availability for a Football Celebrity like Michael Sam or other sports celebrities for a Charity or Fundraising Event, Speaking Engagement, Autograph Session or Motivational Workshop, call us at 1.888.246.7141 or fill out the booking form.

Watch Michael Sam Speaking After His 3 Sack Performance vs University of Florida:

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