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Former teammates talk about NFL prospect coming out of the closet

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A media circus is expected to swarm Michael Sam at next weeks NFL combine. On Sunday, the defensive lineman from Mizzou publicly revealed he's gay. His former teammate is among 20 NFL prospects training for the combine in Phoenix right now.

FOX 10 spoke with several NFL prospects Wednesday and they seem un phased by Sam's announcement. Sam's former teammate says he's known about Sam's sexuality for some time.
   
The All-American, the SEC defensive player of the year, University of Missouri defensive lineman, Michael Sam could become the first openly gay player in the NFL.

FOX 10 asked Marcus Lucas, a teammate, if he thought it was going to get annoying to be asked about Sam's sexuality,  he said "No, I'm used to it I was his teammate."

Marcus Lucas, a former wide receiver from Mizzou is on a rest day at Exo's fieldhouse in Phoenix where he is training for the NFL combine.

He says he's happy for Sam, who reportedly started telling college teammates that he was gay, two years ago.  "This is old news to us," said Lucas.

Sam  reportedly came out publicly now, because he sensed rumors were circulating. Lucas says Sam felt a sense of relief.  "Whenever it came out we were just happy for him, I talked to him on the phone and everything like that, he was like man I finally did it. He didn't know it was going to be like this. He kind of did but didn't at he same time, but I'm happy for him," said Lucas.

Lucas says neither he nor Sam are worried about any ridicule that may come his way.  "He's happy a load is off of his back and he doesn't have to live a lie, he doesn't have to go around and not be who he is he can be himself and be happy and I think that will help him play to his potential," said Lucas.

No one's certain how or if Sam's announcement will play in to his draft stock. He's been projected to go in the 3rd or 4th round.

"Hopefully people can take him for who he is and what he does on the field and not his personal life...he's a great football player and I hope he makes this transition and he'll do great things in the league," said Lucas.

We also spoke with Jordan Matthews, a projected 2nd round draft pick from Vanderbilt. He called Sam's announcement courageous. Matthews says all that should matter is if a player can get the job done on the field.

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