FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2012, file photo, Missouri linebacker Michael Sam (52) is congratulated by teammate Matt Hoch after returning a fumble seven yards
FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2012, file photo, Missouri linebacker Michael Sam (52) is congratulated by teammate Matt Hoch after returning a fumble seven yards for a touchdown against Southeastern Louisiana during the first quarter, in Columbia, Mo. Michael Sam hopes his ability is all that matters, not his sexual orientation. Missouri's All-America defensive end came out to the entire country Sunday night, Feb. 9, 2014, and could become the first openly gay player in America's most popular sport. (AP Photo/Chris Lee, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, File) ( Chris Lee )