Sam is the first openly gay NFL draft pick.
The St. Louis Rams drafted Sam as the 249th pick overall.
“From the playing field to the corporate boardroom, LGBT Americans prove everyday that you should be judged by what you do and not who you are,” Obama said.
In February Sam came out, “I came to tell the world I’m an openly proud gay man.”
He continued with, “I just want to make sure I could tell my story the way I want to tell it. I just want to own my truth.”
The media questioned if teams would hesitant to pick him over his sexual orientation.
“I understand how big this is,” Sam said. “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.”