Debate had intensified as the end of the draft approached over whether or not the defensive end would be selected.
But that was put to bed when the former Missouri Tiger became a part of Jeff Fisher’s team.
ESPN caught the moment Sam was informed of his selection – and it really is heartwarming:
The reaction from the public has been mixed – but there are people out there who have restored out faith in humanity.
Here are some of the best:
By Jonny Boyle – @beanroll
— Tyler Eggimann (@TylerEggz) May 11, 2014
— Stefan Zigulec (@Theron29) May 11, 2014
— Merav Savir (@MSavir_i24) May 11, 2014
I think its AWESOME that @MikeSamFootball got drafted and I respect him more! Congrats and Best of Luck on this new Journey!!
— Melissa Contreras (@contreras_2007) May 11, 2014
— Karen Beishuizen (@KarenBeishuizen) May 11, 2014
So stoked that Michael Sam has been drafted. It's about time the NFL were cool with an openly gay player.
— Mel Burt (@raisethewaves) May 11, 2014
I'm so proud to be a @STLouisRams fan! I'm extremely happy for Michael Sam!!!
— Erik Gebhardt (@erik_gebhardt) May 11, 2014
— Anthony (@AdjV909) May 11, 2014