American professional footballer, Michael Sam, was once so deep in love with his partner that he decided to make him his husband but then only after few months of engagement the partners parted their ways.

The Texas-native is a retired footballer, the first openly gay footballer to play in both American National Football League (NFL) and Canadian Football League(CFL). Now, after his retirement, Michael has been working as a motivational speaker.

Motivational Speech: Michael sharing his story as a speaker in the University of Virginia Excellence Through Diversity Distinguished Learning Series (Photo:

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From his football career, Michael has earned modest, for football players, the net worth of $ 100 thousand.

Michael Sam Set His Eyes On NFL Since High School

On 7 January 1990, Michael was born in Hitchcock, Texas and attended Hitchcock High School, where he began his career in football as a part of the school’s varsity team.

After his successful performance in high school, he was offered scholarships by various universities, among which he chose the University of Missouri. By the time he graduated in 2013, he had made a name for himself in the sports and was soon in line for the National Football League.

Michael Retired Too Soon As Football Player

Considered too small to play in his preferred position of defensive end, he wasn’t drafted in the NFL until the seventh round, when he was drafted by St. Louis Rams, which started to pay him the yearly salary of almost $ 600 thousand.

After making his debut in 2014 against New Orleans Saints, he wasn’t much that big of a success, although he earned quite a net worth. Michael was subject to series of transfers, first to Dallas Cowboys, then to Montreal Alouettes, Michael retired in 2015 after only two seasons because of mental health issues.

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Coming to his personal life, Michael is openly gay, first openly gay player to be drafted in NFL and CFL. He came out to his Missouri teammates in the college, who were all supportive.

Until recently Michael had a boyfriend, Vito Cammisano, who he was dating since college. There is a story of a world famous kiss between Michael and his boyfriend, Vito. Apparently, when Michael was drafted for NFL, he got excited and kissed his partner, and the whole episode was being televised on the live television.

The couple was set to be married after Michael proposed to Vito in 2015.

Proposed Boyfriend: Michael asked his boyfriend Vito to be his husband in St. Peters Basilica (Photo:

But after only six months of deciding to be husbands, the boyfriends parted their ways, the reasons behind which are not known.

What Is Michael Doing Now? Does He Have New Partner

A few months later, Michael was rumored to have found another boyfriend, actor Jussie Smollett. But soon after the rumors started, Jussie refuted them saying that Michael was not his boyfriend.

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Right now, Michael seems to be spending his time as a motivational speaker, talking about his life, his struggles as a gay footballer, but not about his romantic pursuits. He doesn't seem to have any boyfriends in his life at the moment, and if there is, he is hidden quite well.