Oprah’s Network to Produce Michael Sam Docuseries 

OWN will follow the first openly gay NFL player through his trials and tribulations. 

St. Louis Rams draft pick Michael Sam addresses the media during a press conference at Rams Park on May 13, 2014.

Dilip Vishwanat

Michael Sam has to be the most celebrated seventh-round pick never to have played a single NFL game.

As the first openly gay NFL player, Sam has signed an endorsement deal with Visa; his jersey sales have been second only to Johnny Manziel, aka Johnny Football; and now the Oprah Winfrey Network will be chronicling Sam's every move for a documentary series.

According to the Associated Press, the docuseries will follow Sam through the ups and downs of trying to secure a spot with the St. Louis Rams while navigating the machismo-laced gridiron of the NFL and the media circus that is sure to follow.

OWN does not yet have a projected airdate or title for the project; nor does it know how many episodes will be in the premier season, the AP reports. 

Read more at the Associated Press.

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