And then there were two.
Jason Collins made history as he became the first openly gay athlete in the four major professional sports in the United States earlier this season when he signed with the Brooklyn Nets. Now, he has some company as another openly gay athlete, Michael Sam, was drafted by the St. Louis Rams.
Collins, as expected, was very happy for Sam.
“It takes more and more people just to come forward and show we’re normal people and we’re just trying to make plays to help our respective teams win,” Collins said. “This is a great day for the NFL and for Michael Sam and his family.”
“I sent him a text and hoped he would have gone to my team, the Indianapolis Colts. I am a fan of the Colts and Andrew Luck,” Collins said. “But I am very happy for Michael that he got drafted and that his dream is coming true and he will have an opportunity to make the team and I wish him luck.”
Collins played in 22 games for the Nets this season. He averaged 5.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 6.3 fouls per 36 minutes in those games. He has yet to play in a playoff game despite the struggles of Andray Blatche and Mason Plumlee. Collins has been working hard to stay ready if he does get the call though.
Sam was drafted No. 249 overall on Saturday night. There was a decent amount of debate as to whether or not he actually would be drafted as he’s a bit undersized at 6-foot-2 and 252-pounds. He just barely squeezed in there as only seven players were drafted after him.