Sam tells Oprah Winfrey that other gay players in the NFL have contacted him since he was drafted. After his seventh-round pick for the St. Louis Rams made him the first openly gay player to be drafted, he says others thanked him:
[…] there’s a lot of us out there. A very few reached out to me and pretty much just told me their gratitude and how thankful they were that I had the courage [to come out]. They wished that they had the courage to come out.