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Rams Defensive Lineman Michael Sam Makes NFL Preseason Debut

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- On Friday night, Michael Sam's dream of playing in the NFL came true as he made his preseason debut as member of the St. Louis Rams.

Sam is the first openly gay athelte in NFL history, so his pro debut was no small feat.

Against the New Orleans Saints, Sam was solid in opener. He had a tackle as well as a quarterback hit for the team.

"You know, I can play in this league," Sam said. "I can play in this league."

"He's unpolished like a lot of rookies," Rams defensive end Chris Long said of Sam. "But he pleasantly surprised you when he went out in a game situation and played pretty well."

Sam was selected by the Rams in the seventh round after a productive collegiate career at Missouri. He was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and now Sam will get every chance to make the talented Rams defensive unit.

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