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“I’m not afraid to tell the world who I am. I’m Michael Sam: I’m a college graduate. I’m African American, and I’m gay. I’m comfortable in my skin.”

Given that the Associated Press selected Sam as their SEC Defensive Player of the Year, it’s almost a given that he’ll be picked by a team during the NFL draft in May. If that happens and no other NFL athlete comes out in the meantime, the defensive lineman from Missouri could make history as the league’s first openly gay athlete.

“I understand how big this is,” he said. “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.”

Michael Sam publicly came out on Sunday during an interview with ESPN’s Outside The Lines. He also revealed that his coaches and teammates at Mizzou have known since August about his sexual orientation.

For the most part, several NFL athletes have publicly praised and commended Michael for his courage. Included in that bunch is Super Bowl MVP, Seattle Seahawks’ Malcolm Smith. The league itself also issued a statement declaring their admiration for the young athlete.

“We admire Michael Sam’s honesty and courage,” NFL senior vice president of communications Greg Aiello said in the statement. “Michael is a football player. Any player with ability and determination can succeed in the NFL. We look forward to welcoming and supporting Michael Sam in 2014.”

watch the interview after the jump

Sports Stud: Denny Morrison

In: Patrick, Sports & Health, Totally GAY!
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Given that the 2014 Winter Olympics have begun, I figured it would be suitable to feature one of the athletes. Also, since I’m in Canada, I have chosen sexy speed skater, Denny Morrison. In 2010, the now 28-year-old won a gold medal in the team pursuit along with Lucas Makowsky and Mathieu Giroux.

Morrison recently made headlines due to the fact that one of his many sponsors includes a gay bar in Calgary, showing that he is proud to support LGBT equality. The speed skater is straight and has previously admitted that he wasn’t always so accepting, but has grown up a lot. “I’ve lost friends over them [being] gay in the past,” he told the Vancouver Sun. “I feel bad about that now. I realize how ridiculous that was… It would be interesting to have a conversation with them [now] and half-apologize and half tell them, ‘I really feel differently about you now, because I’ve educated myself on the subject.’” Denny Morrison marched alongside openly gay New Zealand Olympic speed skater, Blake Skjellerup in the 2013 Calgary Pride Parade.

Check out his photos below!

Pictures after the jump…

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Last week, Conner Mertens made headlines by becoming the first active college football player to come out. Turns out, the Willamette University freshman has a boyfriend and he’s an athlete as well. It’s everyone’s favorite collegiate jock porn storyline ;)

Like Mertens, Chandler Whitney chose OutSports.com to tell his story. The Beaverton, Oregon native told the website about coming out to his teammates. Much to his surprise, the team broke into spontaneous applause upon telling them, “I’m gay.”

“Being where I am in eastern Washington, it’s not the response I expected. I’m in Walla Walla, there’s not a lot of open-mindedness on the surface.” Whitney added, “I didn’t necessarily expect hostility, but I expected a guy or two to feel uncomfortable or awkward. Everyone on the team shook my hand, gave me a hug and said we’re a family and they had my back. The guys I thought would feel the most uncomfortable said don’t worry about a thing, it’s not a big deal.”

Whitney plays for the Walla Walla Community College baseball team, the Warriors. He’s hoping to play for two years there before transferring to a four-year college to earn a degree and play baseball. Check out his recruiting video below, along with another photo.

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Contrary to early overnight numbers, Super Bowl XLVIII didn’t dip from last year’s ratings, but rather set an all-time ratings record. The telecast was watched by an average audience of 111.5 million people, more than any television program in U.S. history, surpassing the previous mark of 111.3 million set by Super Bowl XLVI. Three of the last four Super Bowls set average viewership records.

The record-breaking trend also extended to the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show. With 115.3 million viewers watching Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform, it surpassed the 110.8 million delivered by Beyonce last year and the prior record of 114.0 million set by Madonna two years ago.

see how New Girl and Brooklyn-Nine-Nine fared after the jump

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Football wasn’t the only sport making headlines Sunday. Olympic swimming garnered a bit of press as well thanks to Ari-Pekka Liukkonen. The 24-year-old publicly came out as gay, becoming the first active Finnish athlete to do so.

Liukkonen revealed to Finnish publication Yle that he’s thought of coming out for some time but thought the timing was right now to raise awareness for Russia’s anti-gay legislation before the Sochi Olympics.

“I wanted to start a broader discussion in connection with Sochi, because it’s sad that the legislation in Russia restricts the human rights of young people and others,” Liukkonen said to Yle.

He reveals he came out to his family a couple of years ago and that they’ve been very accepting. Ari-Pekka competed at the 2012 London Olympics. That same year he took home a bronze at the European championships. Check out more pictures of Liukkonen below. Welcome to the family.

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It’s looking like the Seattle Seahawks are on their way to their first Super Bowl win. Talk about an epic meltdown from the Denver Broncos. Though I wanted the Hawks to win, watching a complete blowout is not entertaining by any means.

During halftime I quickly compiled pictures of Russell Wilson and Eric Decker arguably the hottest guys on the Seahawks and Broncos respectively. Their wives are very lucky women. Patrick has featured both studly jocks in his Sports Stud feature previously. I thought I’d pit the both of them in our latest Who’d You Rather battle. Hopefully, this is a tighter race than Super Bowl XLVIII.

check out more pictures after the jump

Sports Stud: Matt Harvey

In: Patrick, Sports & Health, Totally GAY!
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For this week’s Sports Stud, I decided to feature a major league hottie from Major League Baseball: Matt Harvey. The 24-year-old (almost 25) is the starting pitcher for the New York Mets.

In October of last year, Harvey underwent Tommy John surgery (a procedure that replaces an injured elbow ligament with a tendon taken from elsewhere in the body). He had been diagnosed with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow earlier in the year and was forced to miss the entire 2014 season as a result. He’s hoping to be back on the field by September and plans to attend regular training this spring.

Harvey has previously posed naked for the ESPN The Body Issue and also was once on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to do a funny interview segment where he interviewed random people and asked them about Matt Harvey, with them not actually realized that he was actually Matt Harvey. I’ve included all of this and more sexy photos of the athlete below. Enjoy!

Pics after the jump…

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“You are not alone. You do not need to come out but you do need to know that you do not have to go at this by yourself. The aloneness you’re feeling is temporary and it will get better. This place is changing…changing for the better. I made the decision that if I could prevent one person from feeling that self-hatred, loneliness, desperation and a thousand other emotions that I felt, I would. I will be damned if I let anyone tell you that you are wrong or weird or not normal. Love yourself and allow others to love you. Be who you are and know you’re not alone.” – Conner Mertens

That’s just an excerpt of a personal letter Conner Mertens posted on Twitter declaring his bisexuality. Mertens is a freshmen at Willamette University, a private university located in Salem, Oregon. Prior to posting the lengthy post, he asked head coach Glen Fowles if his role on the team would be affected by things he did off the field, or if he’d be judged by his performance. His coach assured him that all that mattered was how well he kicked.

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