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Michael Sam, College Football Star and NFL Prospect, Comes Out as Gay

02/09/2014 at 09:00 PM EST

Michael Sam, a star defensive player for the University of Missouri who may soon play in the NFL, said Sunday: “I am an openly, proud gay man.”

The All-American lineman, who spoke to ESPN and the New York Times, is eligible for the NFL draft in May and assuming he is selected, would become the first openly gay player in the league’s history.

“I understand how big this is,” he tells ESPN. “It’s a big deal. No one has done this before. And it’s kind of a nervous process, but I know what I want to be. … I want to be a football player in the NFL.”

Sam, 24, had already told close friends and last August came out to his teammates during a preseason training camp when the coaches asked players to tell “a little about ourselves.”

“And their reaction was like, ‘Michael Sam finally told us,’” he recalls to ESPN. “They supported me from day one. I couldn’t have better teammates. … I’m telling you what: I wouldn’t have the strength to do this today if I didn’t know how much support they’d given me this past semester.”

The Texas-raised, 6′ 2″, 260-lb. senior leaves Missouri as one the nation’s top college players. He was defensive player of the year in the Southeastern Conference and his teammates voted him most valuable player. He is predicted to be drafted into the NFL in the third round this May.

“I just want to make sure I could tell my story the way I want to tell it,” he tells the Times. “I just want to own my truth.”

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Sam playing for the Missouri Tigers

Joe Robbins / Getty

Last spring, NBA player Jason Collins became the first athlete in a major pro sport to come out, though at the time he was a free agent and has not played since.

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Gwen Stefani & Family: Football Fans

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Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale took Kingston, 7, and Zuma, 5, to the Siren Studio Super Bowl party in West Hollywood, Calif. on Sunday (February 2). Also in attendance was No Doubt bandmate Tony Kanal and his daughter Coco.

Last week Stefani was seen covering her bump in a poncho.

The pregnant singer recently posted a throwback photo that caused a bit of a backlash from her Twitter followers. In the picture she is seen getting Sting’s autograph.

She tweeted: “chunky me 1983. getting @officialsting autograph backstage. cut to…”

In a more recent picture Stefani showed off baby gifts sent to her from Jessica Alba.

“Thanku sweet @jessicaalba @honest for the mommy/baby yummies gx”

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Super Bowl Snaps: These Celebrities Are Ready for Some Football

02/02/2014 at 06:50 PM EST

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Jamie Mazur and Alessandra Ambrósio

Courtesy Alessandra Ambrosio

The big game is here. As the crowds have closed in on New Jersey’s Metlife Stadium and huddled around TVs, Super Bowl frenzy is in full swing. And celebrities are not immune.

The allure of watching football’s world champion be crowned has drawn stars to the Super Bowl XLVII field and to their social networks. Celebrities are choosing sides, sharing their spirit and getting rowdy.

Still trying to decide which team to root for? Want to know what the game looks like from the sidelines? Jennifer Garner, Macklemore and other famous superfans have you covered. See which stars are pumped up and prepared for some serious Super Bowl action:

Bromance connoisseurs and Brits Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen almost have American football figured out. Almost.

Grammy winner Macklemore ditched his award-show suits to support his hometown team the Seattle Seahawks.

Mrs. John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, may have the best seat in Super Bowl history.

Alessandra Ambrósio is at the game, but still doesn’t know whom to root for. You’re running out of time, angel.

President Obama is ready to sub in for a play in case Peyton Manning needs a little help. Jennifer Garner’s sideline secret? Taking selfies! The guys of Workaholics took the day off to bundle up and get weird at the Super Bowl. Kevin Costner wears his sunglasses at night – game night that is.

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