1. “In Historic Pick, Rams Take Michael Sam in Final Round of Draft.” Sam, a defensive end, was the 249th player selected. Only seven players followed. Then the draft was over.
“Over seven rounds of the National Football League draft, teams chose more than 200 players, from surefire stars to kickers and all-but-anonymous players from tiny Division II programs. One player who was repeatedly passed over was Michael Sam, a consensus all-American at Missouri and The Associated Press’s defensive player of the year in the Southeastern Conference, considered college football’s most competitive conference. Sam was also the first publicly gay player waiting to be drafted. Finally, after nearly seven hours of picks on Saturday, the third and final day of the draft, Mike Kensil, the N.F.L.’s vice president for game operations, walked to the lectern and read Sam’s name. Cheers erupted among the several hundred fans left at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, the site of the draft.”