Skip Nav
Valentine's Day
60+ Valentine's Day Gifts That Are Guaranteed to Get You Some Extra Lovin'
Beyonce Knowles
9 Celebrities Who Just Couldn't Deal When Beyoncé's New Single Dropped
Oscars
Lady Gaga Is About to Slay the Hell Out of February, and Here's Why

Michael Sam's ESPYS Arthur Ashe Courage Award Speech | Video

Michael Sam's ESPYs Acceptance Speech Is Bound to Bring the Tears

In May, Michael Sam became the first openly gay football player to be drafted in the NFL. The St. Louis Rams player's tearful reaction to his draft made us cry, and as he took the stage at the 2014 ESPY Awards to accept his Arthur Ashe Courage Award on Wednesday in LA, his heartwarming speech did the same.

Michael tearfully walked up on stage after receiving a standing ovation and was presented with his trophy by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. He addressed the crowd, saying, "This year I have a lot of experience being part of something bigger than myself. At times, I felt like I was living in a massive storm, but I'm here to tell you the lessons I learned about love and respect will never leave me." He also spoke to his boyfriend, Vito Cammisano, saying, "Vito, people tell me I'm very inspirational, but you're my inspiration." He ended his speech with an incredibly inspirational message to young people: "I promise to spend the rest of my life trying to live up to this honor and be the best football player I can. To anyone out there, especially young people, feeling like they don't fit in and will never be accepted, please know this: Great things can happen when you have the courage to be yourself."

— Additional reporting by Alyse Whitney

Around The Web
Vision Test Video
Salma Hayek's First Acting Audition
Dog Crying When Owner Leaves | Video
Disney Love Song Medley

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

Join The Conversation
Latest Celebrity
X