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Michael Sam — The First Openly Gay Player In Professional Football — Is Leaving The Game, Citing Mental Health Reasons

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This is too bad, but we hope he gets the help he needs!

Michael Sam, who made history last year as the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL, is now calling it quits on pursuing a football career — at least for now.

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The 25-year-old announced the news on Twitter on Friday afternoon, writing a series of tweets explaining his decision (below):

Earlier this summer, Sam had signed a contract with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, but stepped away from that team at one point during the season, too.

It's been a tough year for Sam, who also broke off his engagement with his longtime boyfriend, as well.

Sad to see a pioneer like Sam quit the sport he loves, but if he believes it's in the best interest of his overall health, all we can do is support him!

[Image via MONEY$HOT/WENN.]

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