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