Michael Sam Jerseys Outselling Those of NFL’s Top Pick

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2013, file photo, Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam takes up his position during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M in Columbia, Mo. The NFL draft will conclude with Rounds 4 through 7 on Saturday, and when and if Sam is selected is sure to be the most significant development. The Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year last season for Missouri came out as gay in media interviews this year. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
Michael Sam lines up for the Missouri Tigers, his college team.
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Orders for the jersey of the NFL’s first openly-gay player topped those for No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney this weekend, according to the NFL.

Michael Sam’s St. Louis Rams jersey was the second-best selling jersey on NFL.com, trailing only Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel. Sam was selected in the seventh-round of the draft with the 249th overall choice.

“This is unprecedented for a Day 3 pick, let alone a seventh round pick, to crack the top five rookies sold following Draft weekend,” NFL spokesperson Joanna Hunter told Outsports.com.

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The defensive end out of Missouri will attempt to earn his way onto the team’s roster for Week 1 of the NFL season.