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Michael Sam Delivers Emotional & Inspiring Speech at ESPYs 2014 - Watch Now!

Michael Sam Delivers Emotional & Inspiring Speech at ESPYs 2014 - Watch Now!

Michael Sam holds hands with his boyfriend Vito Cammisano while walking the red carpet at the 2014 ESPYs held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Wednesday (July 16) in Los Angeles.

The 24-year-old football player, who is the first openly gay NFL player, received the Arthur Ashe Award for courage during the show.

During his speech, Michael thanked Vito saying, “People tell me that I’m their inspiration. Well you are my inspiration.”

“To anyone out there, especially young people feeling like they don’t fit in and would never be accepted, please know this. Great things can happen when you have the courage to be yourself,” he ended the speech.

Also pictured inside: Openly gay NBA player Jason Collins walking the red carpet.

Michael Sam Delivers Emotional & Inspiring Speech at ESPYs 2014

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Photos: Getty
Posted to: 2014 ESPYs, Jason Collins, Michael Sam, vito cammisano

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  • Kiley

    That was awesome. Very moving. Glad to see athletes coming out more often.

  • Lexy

    What a beautiful speech.

    Cute couple too :)

  • Looselipz

    What a special and beautiful man. Well deserved award.

  • wa3d

    Gross, I hate gay ppl

  • Andy

    Because he blackgay is winner.

  • Mark

    @wa3d: Gross,I hate bigoted assh*le

  • Cher

    The gay bashing needs to end!! What people do in their own bedroom is nobody’s business but their own.

  • Terry

    I’m a openly straight strong black male that love everything about a women, so, do I get a award for that? People are really taking this gay thing way to far, there are more important things in life to deal with, live maybe starving children of the world!

  • rio

    adorable! and actaully changing the world

  • veronica


    hello there
    i’m deaf. I can’t hear and I can’t talk but sometimes I cannot talk not too much cool. michael sam’s new a boyfriend… :) I know can happens I mean “all they are a men gays”. I saw there my computer youtube you and him. uh …hey. .. what name your boyfriend. you tell him nice meet you. don’t forget ok. :) uh.. uh… hey … you’ll marry him? mean your boyfriend right? uh.. oh just I ask you that’s all. easy i’m shy. :)