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Jason Collins shares his thoughts on Michael Sam being drafted

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Jason Collins and Michael Sam have shared a mutual respect and support for one another, especially now as both have broken barriers in their respective sport, with Collins being the first openly gay athlete in the NBA and Sam, as of Saturday night, being the first openly gay college football player to be selected in the NFL Draft.

Sam was selected 249th overall by the St. Louis Rams, in the 7th round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Collins, a major supporter of Sam's, spoke to the media prior to the Nets second round game against the Miami HeatCollins told ESPN, "This is a great day for the NFL and Michael Sam and his family."

He went on:

"It takes more and more people just to come forward and show that we are normal people," Collins said. "We are just trying to make plays to help our respective teams win and like I said before, this is a great day for the NFL and for Michael Sam and his family."

After the game, Collins commented on the most famous sports kiss in a long time -- Sam's embrace of his boyfriend, also a Mizzou athlete..

"We’re gay. We have boyfriends," said the Nets center. "We have our lives off the court. It’s cool to see him share that moment with someone."

As Moke Hamilton of SNY writes, this is a "great day for professional sports and for equality, in general." Indeed it is. And now that Sam has been drafted into the NFL, much like was the case for Collins when he signed with the Nets, this story becomes about his place on the football field, as Sam now turns his attention to making his impact felt on the football field.