michael sam

*Michael Sam made history when signing his contract as a rookie player with the St. Louis Rams.

Sam is already the first openly gay athlete selected in the NFL Draft.

The former University of Missouri linebacker is now the first openly gay NFL draftee to sign a contract. His is a $2.65 million, four-year agreement with the Rams.

Sam went through some financial training before signing his contract, which $46,000 of that contract is guaranteed.

“With the new rookie cap and everything it’s really not difficult to get the deals done,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher told ESPN.

He continued, “so we just felt like this time would be better served putting them in situations from an educational standpoint, financial planning, those kind of things. We’ve done a lot of that.”

Sam was selected as the 249th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Some feel that Sam fell in the draft due to him coming out in February.

Nevertheless, Sam — who was selected as the 2013 SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year — is still pretty proud of his accomplishment. “I’m determined to be great,” he said.