The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) announced Wednesday that it will broadcast a multi-part documentary series on Michael Sam and “his historic journey as he prepares to enter the biggest professional sports league in America.”
Sam, who came out before the NFL draft, made history over the weekend as he became the first openly gay player to be drafted. The former Missouri linebacker was selected by the St. Louis Rams as the 249th overall pick in the seventh round on Saturday.
The crew was reportedly present at the draft, and they’ll follow Sam along in his journey as he attempts to earn a spot on the Rams, according to a release from OWN.
“We are honored that Michael is trusting us with his private journey in this moment that has not only made history but will shape it forever,” Winfrey said in a statement. “I am proud of the focus on authentic storytelling in our new documentary series format. The next real-life story we follow in ‘The Untitled Michael Sam Project’ promises to spark valuable, important discussion on life in America today. Acceptance and illumination start here.”
Sam, the 2014 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, added that his focus will remain on football and making the roster.
“Like every player out there working to make a team right now, my focus is on playing football to the very best of my ability,” said Sam. “I am determined. And if seeing my story helps somebody else accept who they are and to go for their dreams too, that’s great. I am thankful to Oprah for her support and excited to work together.”