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Michael Sam comes out and gets drafted by Rams - one of 2014's top moments

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It's time for us to take a look at another memorable sporting highlight from 2014 as we countdown to the number one moment of the year, which will be announced on New Year's Eve.

Now we turn our attention to number 20 on the list and one of the biggest moments of this year in the NFL, Michael Sam becoming the first openly gay NFL player.

As it stands, Michael Sam is still yet to start an NFL regular season game, but when he was drafted by the St Louis Rams in May he was on the verge of becoming the first openly gay player to play in the NFL.

In fact, the Michael Sam saga of 2014 has had many memorable moments thus far, with the day he came out publicly the first of those heavily covered Michael Sam stories.

Sam revealed his sexual orientation in an ESPN interview back in February and he gained worldwide publicity for the decision. The majority of people commended him for the decision while a minority were firmly against it.

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The dust settled on the issue somewhat before Sam suited up in pre-season for the Rams and subsequently went on to make headlines when he sacked star Browns rookie Johnny Manziel, before doing Manziel's trademark 'money' celebration.

But despite making an impact with the Rams, Sam has been plagued by talk of his deficiencies as a player, with experts labelling him a 'tweenie'. He's a defensive player classed as too small to be a defensive end but not mobile enough to be a linebacker either.

These issues saw him released from the Rams and subsequently the Dallas Cowboys as well, after he spent time on the Cowboys' practice squad.

Plenty of discrimination shown this year

Michael Sam is not the only person or persons to be discriminated against this year in US sports, with the Donald Sterling saga highlighting the former Clippers' owner issues.

Sterling was outed by TMZ Sports for racism this year when a leaked recording of him and a female friend found Sterling guilty of racial slurs towards NBA legends such as Magic Johnson.

The NBA acted swiftly and banned him from the NBA, and thankfully the LA Clippers are now recovering from their bad publicity last season with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer now at the helm of the franchise.

21. A distraught defending #Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray
22. James Rodriguez won our hearts and the golden boot with this moment
23. Peyton Manning breaks Brett Favre's Touchdown record 
24. Richard Sherman's outburst live on TV
25. Chelsea rout Arsenal 6-0
26. Ashes whitewash and Kevin Pietersen sacking
27. San Francisco Giants win the World Series
28. Angel di Maria signs for Manchester United
29. Wayne Rooney named England captain
30. Bradley Wiggins wins the world title

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