Sam tweets thanks to Rams, city of St. Louis

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FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2014, file photo, Missouri's All-American defensive end Michael Sam claps during the Cotton Bowl trophy presentation at halftime of an NCAA college basketball game between Missouri and Tennessee in Columbia, Mo. Sam was selected in the seventh round, 249th overall, by the St. Louis Rams in the NFL draft Saturday, May 10, 2014. The Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year last season for Missouri came out as gay in media interviews this year. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson, File)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Michael Sam is thanking his new NFL team on Twitter.

Shortly after being selected by the St. Louis Rams with the 249th pick Saturday, Sam tweeted:

''Thank you to the St. Louis Rams and the whole city of St. Louis. I'm using every ounce of this to achieve greatness.''

Sam became the first openly gay player drafted by a pro football team. He'll start his professional career not far from the place where he played his college ball at Missouri.


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