Michael Sam to be in new Oprah Winfrey documentary series

By Sarah Yu,

The St. Louis Rams made history when they drafted defensive end Michael Sam last Saturday, and now he will be featured in a documentary series produced by the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

Sources told ESPN that they are planning for the series to be split into seven to eight segments.

“We are honored that Michael is trusting us with his private journey in this moment that has not only made history but will shape it forever,” Winfrey said in a statement, included in a CBS Sports report.

Winfrey is determined to make this series one that can start conversations on acceptance in the community.

“The next real-life story we follow in ‘The Untitled Michael Sam Project' promises to spark valuable, important discussion on life in America today. Acceptance and illumination start here.”

Sam expressed his excitement in producing this documentary series and of its impact on the public.

"If seeing my story helps somebody else accept who they are and to go for their dreams too, that's great. I am thankful to Oprah for her support and excited to work together," he said in a statement, included in a CBS Sports report.

Sam stated that the main focus of his professional career is to play football like everyone else.

“Like every player out there working to make a team right now, my focus is on playing football to the very best of my ability. I am determined."

 
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