Michael Sam Reality Show: First Openly-Gay NFL Player Gets Oprah Docuseries

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By Shari Weiss

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Michael Sam is the latest public figure to get the Oprah documentary treatment.

The newly-drafted NFL player will be the subject of new, untitled docu-series to air on OWN, it was announced on Wednesday.

The project will be a “close look at the remarkable man at the center of this groundbreaking moment in professional sports, as the former University of Missouri football player enters the competitive world of professional football.”

“Cameras will follow Sam as he works to earn his spot on the St. Louis Rams all while under the intense scrutiny of being the first openly gay player in the NFL,” adds the release.

Oprah says, “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.”

The reality show will have the same producers as Lindsay Lohan’s mildly successful OWN series, with Oprah noting, “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,” says the media mogul.

And Sam himself says, “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. 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.”

No premiere date was announced.

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