Huge congratulations are in order for football star Michael Sam — his sports career will continue in Canada where he just signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes. He is now the first openly gay player in the CFL!
Michael Sam, 25, is continuing to make history! He is not only the first openly gay athlete to play for the NFL, but he’s now the first openly gay athlete to play in the Canadian Football League as well! Find out what Michael thinks about his very exciting news!
Michael Sam Sign With CFL Team: Becomes First Openly Gay Player In League
“I am very excited and proud to join the Montreal Alouettes,” Sam said in a statement released by the team. “I cannot wait to put on the pads, get back on the field and work hard each and every day with my teammates to bring a Grey Cup to the great fans here in Montreal.”
Michael, who came out as gay before last year’s NFL draft, has been a huge inspiration for equality in sports. Right before being signed by the CFL, Michael took his talents to the big screen during Season 20 of DWTS!
“Congratulations to the Montreal Alouettes on the signing of Michael Sam,” CFL commissioner Jeffrey Orridge also said in a statement. “Our players come to us from different places, different walks of life and ultimately they take different paths to get to our fields. Today is another indication of how open and progressive the CFL is — consistent with our rich and storied history of great football tradition. Welcome to Montreal, Michael!”
Inspired Fans Excited About Michael Sam’s Big CFL News
I’m happy Michael Sam is finally getting a chance to play the game he loves. Big ups to the Alouettes.
— Cheyanne βabeey (@CBabeey) May 22, 2015
Congrats to Montreal Alouettes on signing Michael Sam.
— David Janik-Jones (@DaveyJJ) May 22, 2015
Michael Sam will tear up the CFL just watch. — nolan (@NolanRyanKangas) May 22, 2015
@MichaelSamNFL Congrats and welcome. You will love Canada and Canada will love you! I’m a ticat fan but excited to see you play this season!
— Danni Gresko (@kinDanni) May 22, 2015
HollywoodLifers, what would you say to Michael to congratulate him? Let us know in the comments below!
— Shira Benozilio