February 25, 2015 at 12:30 pm EST | by Staff reports
Michael Sam to compete on dance show
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Former NFL player Michael Sam will compete on ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ (Photo by Marcus Qwertyus; courtesy Wikimedia Commons).

LOS ANGELES — The first openly gay man drafted into the National Football League will compete on the upcoming season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

Grammy Award-winning singer Patti LaBelle and Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin are among the celebrities who will compete against Michael Sam on the show.

Sam, a former University of Missouri defensive end, last February came out during a series of interviews with the New York Times and ESPN.

The St. Louis Rams in May 2014 picked Sam during the seventh round of the draft, but released him before the start of the regular season. The Dallas Cowboys in October cut Sam from the team’s practice squad.

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