(ABC News) -- The St. Louis Rams picked Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam today, making him the first openly gay player to be drafted in the NFL.
Sam came out as gay in February. He told his teammates and coaches before the season.
"I understand how big this is," he told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" when he decided to come out. "It's a big deal. No one has done this before. And it's kind of a nervous process, but I know what I want to be ... I want to be a football player in the NFL."
Sam was named an All-American defensive lineman and The Associated Press' SEC Defensive Player of the Year last season.