FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2014, file photo, Missouri senior defensive lineman Michael Sam speaks to the media during an NCAA college football news conference in Irving, Texas. Sam says he is gay, and he could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)
NEW YORK (AP) _ Michael Sam is thanking his new NFL team on Twitter.
Shortly after being selected by the St. Louis Rams with the 249th pick Saturday, Sam tweeted:
``Thank you to the St. Louis Rams and the whole city of St. Louis. I'm using every ounce of this to achieve greatness.''
Sam became the first openly gay player drafted by a pro football team. He'll start his professional career not far from the place where he played his college ball at Missouri.