Michael Sam was honoured with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2014 ESPYs on Wednesday night and then proceeded to deliver a powerful and touching speech to all in attendance.
Anyone witnessing the show-stopping message was sure to tear up, Sam had been honoured for his decision to come out and be the first openly gay player in the NFL after being drafted by the St.Louis Rams.
On a night of entertainment and recognition, Sam was introduced by movie star Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson before commemorating everyone who had helped him reach the spot he is currently at in his career.
Sam emotionally paid homage to the man the award he had been given was named after, he quoted the words of wisdom from Arthur Ashe himself by saying: 'Start Where You Are, Use What You Have and Do What You Can.'
Sam further added: "Those were words to live by, Whether you’re white or black. Young or old. Straight or gay.”
The rookie defensive end was careful to pay recognition to those who were deserved but also realises that being selected for this award comes with the expectation to continue to be a source of inspiration which he will no doubt be.
Sam battled his emotions and often fought back tears in what was a powerful message to the watching audience, the Nokia Theatre was filled with the greatest athletes and entertainers in the world and there wasn't a single dry eye in sight.
He expressed for everyone watching to have great courage in yourself and that good things will come, Sam brought his boyfriend Vito Cammisano to the event and personally thanked him for his support.
Also spotted in the audience was Jason Collins, he proudly announcing that he was a gay man whilst playing in the NBA and he was shown in the crowd applauding the courage of Sam during his speech.
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