FILE - In this May 13, 2014 file photo, St. Louis Rams seventh-round draft pick Michael Sam listens to a question during a news conference at the NFL football team's practice facility in St. Louis. When Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams on May 10, 2014, he became the first openly gay player ever drafted by an NFL team. It is a milestone has made longtime gay fans all the more enthusiastic, and already is drawing newcomers into the fold. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Rams have cut Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team.
The 7th-round draft pick has been outspoken and confident as his progress was watched as closely as any rookie in the league. He has been cheered by athletes and celebrities. In the end, the defensive end couldn't make a team stocked with pass-rushers.
He still can be picked up by another team or make the Rams' practice squad.
The Rams selected the SEC co-defensive player of the year at Missouri with the 249th overall pick out of 256 overall during May's draft. Sam came out as gay following his final season at Missouri.
Rams coach Jeff Fisher was proud to have made the landmark pick, but he made clear from the start that he chose Sam because he thought he had the talent to make it.