Gay NFL star Michael Sam lands GQ ‘Man of the Year’

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Gay American football star Michael Sam has been picked as one of six ‘Men of the Year’ cover stars by GQ magazine.

The player – who has had brief spells with the St Louis Rams and the Dallas Cowboys – made history as the first openly gay NFL star, though he is yet to play an on-season game.

He was revealed as one of six cover stars for the Men of the Year issue, alongside Chris Pratt, Steve Carell, Dave Chappelle, and Fault in our Stars actors Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley.

Sam made history when he was drafted by the Rams – but was cut by the team in August.

He was later picked up by the Cowboys for their 10-man practice squad, only to again be dropped from the squad.

The player said after being cut a second time: “I want to thank the Jones family and the entire Cowboys organization for this opportunity, as well as my friends, family, teammates, and fans for their support.

“While this is disappointing, I will take the lessons I learned here in Dallas and continue to fight for an opportunity to prove that I can play every Sunday.”

He has since been rumoured to be moving to the Canadian Football League or the lucrative indoor Arena Football League in Las Vegas.