NFL Hopeful Michael Sam Comes Out: 11 Other Openly Gay Athletes

Try using the arrow keys

On Monday, Michael Sam took a brave, new step in the world of football: he came out, publicly and proudly, before being drafted into the NFL. If the NFL goes for him, he'll be the first athlete ever to be drafted for a major national league team while openly gay.

Currently, there are no out gay players in the NFL, the NHL, the NBA, or NBL. Several players have, however, come out after leaving the game. Here are some of the biggest pro athletes who have come out of the closet.

Images: Getty Images

More Slideshows