New 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.
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.”Follow @AndySwift