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Sam says he can compete in the NFL following his preseason debut

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By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: August 9th, 2014 at 12:25 am EST

St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam played in his first NFL game last night.

Sam, who announced in February that he was gay, was a Rams seventh round pick. Now, after being criticized for being the first NFL gay athlete, he will have to show he can compete on the field.

Michael Sam (Getty Images)

Michael Sam (Getty Images)

He came into the game with about five minutes left in the first quarter with the Rams leading 7-3. Two minutes later, he would made a tackle at the 12:24 mark on the New Orleans Saints running back Khiry Robinson, his lone tackle of the game.

The Rams would eventually lose the game 26-24 following a missed field goal as the time expired.

Sam, who is not guaranteed a roster spot, will have to impress the Rams in the final three preseason games. There will be cuts up until the first regular season game that he will have to overcome in order to officially make more history in the NFL.

He made history on Friday night. As a preseason, it doesn’t mean as much as if it was a regular season game.

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