Michael Sam was the most disruptive defensive end on the SEC's most talented pass rush last season. The first-team All-American was struggling transitioning to outside linebacker at the Senior Bowl last month, but seemed at ease coming out the closet during an interview with ESPN's Chris Connelley and in a separate conversation with The New York Times on Sunday night. However, Sam's teammates found out this summer.

Via New York Times:

Coaches at the University of Missouri divided players into small groups at a preseason football practice last year for a team-building exercise. One by one, players were asked to talk about themselves — where they grew up, why they chose Missouri and what others might not know about them.

As Michael Sam, a defensive lineman, began to speak, he balled up a piece of paper in his hands. “I’m gay,” he said. With that, Mr. Sam set himself on a path to become the first publicly gay player in the National Football League.

“I looked in their eyes, and they just started shaking their heads — like, finally, he came out,” Mr. Sam said Sunday in an interview with The New York Times, the first time he spoke publicly about his sexual orientation.

Trey Hobson, a teammate of Sam's last season also came out in support of Sam becoming the first openly gay NFL player or prospect.

Sam is projected as a mid-round pick after leading the SEC in sacks and tackles for loss this season.