Michael Sam, the new draftee to the St. Louis Rams, has had quite the set of days, hasn’t he? He’s made a lot of people extremely happy, especially those in the LGBT community and allies who are glad that the iron curtain of football has been broken, at least partially, for gay players.

If you’re a new fan of Sam and want to keep up with his life and what is in store for him, look no further than OWN. Oprah Winfrey’s network has ordered a docuseries about Sam, wrote The Hollywood Reporter. The series will follow the player while he works towards getting a spot on the Rams. The team behind “Lindsay,’ Craig Piligian and director Amy Rice, will be behind the currently untitled series.

“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 in a statement. “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.”

“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,” said Winfrey 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.”

What do you think about the docuseries? Discuss below.


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By Monique Jones

Monique Jones blogs about race and culture in entertainment, particularly movies and television. You can read her articles at Racialicious, and her new site, COLOR . You can also listen to her new podcast, What would Monique Say.

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