Michael Sam's Historic NFL Journey Will Be Chronicled In New OWN Docuseries

Michael Sam OWN SeriesNew St. Louis Ram Michael Sam made headlines this week for being the first openly gay athlete to be drafted into the NFL, and now, he can also add TV star to his resumé.

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The Oprah Winfrey Network on Wednesday announced plans for a multi-part documentary series that will chronicle Sam’s life as he prepares to enter the world of professional football. Though a premiere date was not included in the announcement, all parties involved sound pretty excited about the endeavor.

“We are honored that Michael is trusting us with his private journey in this moment that has not only made history but will shape it forever,” Winfrey said in a statement. “I am proud of the focus on authentic storytelling in our new documentary series format. The next real-life story we follow in The Untitled Michael Sam Project promises to spark valuable, important discussion on life in America today. Acceptance and illumination start here.”

Adds Sam, “Like every player out there working to make a team right now, my focus is on playing football to the very best of my ability. I am determined. And if seeing my story helps somebody else accept who they are and to go for their dreams too, that’s great. I am thankful to Oprah for her support and excited to work together.”

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  1. dj says:

    What a waste of time. Why is this even news? Haven’t we moved past that yet?

    • Nate says:

      Obviously not. Don’t be a dick

      • dj says:

        Why am I a dick, because I don’t think that the word “gay” even needs to be used in this day and age. So what if he’s gay. So is Jason Collins. Who even CARES anymore. You’re the dick.

        • Angela says:

          Unfortunately, there’s still enough people out there who DO care that it still needs to be a thing. Not as many as in the past, which is great, but still enough to be an issue.

    • Katherine215 says:

      Obviously not, since he’s the *first* openly gay player. Good for him, I just hope the cameras aren’t too much of a distraction in what is sure to be an already distraction-filled time for him.

    • xx says:

      News and other update websites publish things they think people will click on. This is literally in the news because idiots like you provide page views just to whine.

  2. Joey says:

    I think it’s really a little too soon. But to each his/her own.

    • Nate says:

      Yea. Too soon

    • Gus T.T. Showbiz says:

      If it is about him trying to make it on an NFL roster then I think it’s a fine idea for a show. Somebody, I think ESPN, did the same type of thing with Jeremy Lin a year before he blew up in New York. It was about somebody of Asian decent and from the Ivy League trying to make it in the NBA. If it sticks to the “struggling to make it” aspect it could be quite interesting. If it’s about him being a civil rights pioneer it could be quite a snooze.

    • CountryQueen says:

      Just curious, what year do you think we should start accepting gay people for the normal people they are?

      • Skip says:

        Sorry, but if Oprah was “accepting gay people for the normal people, they are”, Michael Sam would not be getting reality TV show – you don’t make a tv series about a “normal” 7th-round draft pick.

  3. Kam says:

    I like him, but I hope that he doesn’t get too overexposed so quickly

  4. echox860 says:

    Ridiculous, what’s the point?

  5. Angela says:

    My dad was a Rams fan, and I know he’d be very proud to see his favorite team being so supportive of this guy and taking him on board.
    I hope he has much success going forward. And seeing people struggle in fields that have long had issues with accepting them is always going to be of interest (Jackie Robinson in baseball, Jeremy Lin as noted above, Michael Sam here, etc.). So I don’t see the problem, myself *Shrugs*.

  6. Diz says:

    Who cares. Why not wait until he actually accomplishes something on the field, oh because he won’t.

  7. What’s up, all is going sound here and ofcourse every one is sharing
    data, that’s genuinely good, keep up writing.

  8. Hayes says:

    For someone who “just wants to focus on football”, he sure is on TV a lot.

  9. Ange says:

    Too bad such attention will not propel him onto a team…or will it? I’ve been a bit suspect of the timing since this entire thing began

  10. Andrew Hass says:

    I’m happy that Michael Sam will be able to tell his story but i hope he has put limits on what will be on the show and what won’t be.Plus it could be a good thing he’s doing it now and then later he can fully concentrate on his football career.This way he can tell his story and get it all out there.Plus telling his story could help other people and that is a good thing IMO.Also i think the NFL rules limits rookies from team off season activities until training camp or.so.

    • Skip says:

      You do realize that is it highly likely that he won’t HAVE a football career, right? The number of 7th round picks that actually ever step onto the field for a regular season game are very small.

  11. M3rc Nate says:

    The big issue is…he can quite easily get cut from that team and end up being being on some other teams practice squad or maybe not even in the NFL. The Rams are stacked, a highly talented team so actually getting a position on the team (aka not cut) will be very difficult, and the reason he fell so low in the draft wasnt because he was gay or overlooked, but because his talent/tangibles has the strong potential to not make the cut in the Pro’s. Would be ironic…i mean what Football fans watch OWN? What football fans are gonna watch OWN to see this show? And if he gets cut, will this show just fizzle away and not be a success like everything else on OWN?

  12. Beth says:

    Here’s the thing, he is a rookie and a rookie making a reality show that may distract from his team is not going to sit well with his coaches. They have a show called hard knocks and no team wants to do it because it distracts from training camp. Let him make the team, get a few seasons under his belt and then do the show! This no matter how much they say it won’t will put a lot of pressure on him and his team.

  13. Tahoe Mike says:

    How to get cut in a big hurry..
    Be a seventh round draft pick, with questions about your size and speed, and show up to rookie camp with a camera crew. His job is to shut up, show up, and put up.
    It’s all just one more reason for a Niner fan to hate the damn Lambs.

  14. GS says:

    If he doesn’t make it which he probably won’t, he needs to take that as a sign he should have stopped focusing on his sexual preference and worked harder on his football skills. He sucked at the combine and that’s why he wasn’t picked until the last round. But he’ll say it’s because he’s gay. While it may not be fair or even right, he should have kept his mouth shut and his nose to the ground and worked hard BEFORE the draft. Then he could have come out once he’d proven he deserved to be on a team. But it was all about the attention and he’ll disappear soon.

  15. Trista says:

    Of course it will… cause we have to make a reality show out of everything.

  16. LAwoman says:

    If it is done in a similar style to HBO’s Hard Knocks it might be good.